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Carolyn Sato: Discovering the treasure within

Shea Stanfield~ 10/22/2014

CAVE CREEK – Local artist Carolyn Hansen Sato believes, “We celebrate life most deeply when we connect to our Source, search for and discover the treasure within us, follow our hearts and ride our waves until our souls blossom and take flight.”  Carolyn is a sculptor who excels in crafting her naturally organic bronze creations to feel ethereal and as eternal as the human spirit in their naturally organic forms.  To be in the presence of these magnificent pieces simply takes the viewer’s breath away.

Growing up on Diamond Lake in Minneapolis, Minn., Carolyn was no stranger to the natural elements of the earth. Her environment was filled with colorful forms, brilliant summer skies, and gleaming water surfaces.  No detail escaped the careful observation of her creative spirit. Carolyn’s favorite subjects were the trees that grew in the area. She would spend hours collecting their leaves, pods, and cones.  She loved the view of the lake and the natural elements surrounding her home. The memory of that scene still brings her great joy and peace. 

Carolyn became interested in pottery and the beauty of Asian Ceramics while attending college at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. She entered graduate school and was looking forward to being an assistant to a famous potter professor, but as fate would have it, she met her husband-to-be in Rome, Italy, and ended up in Japan for the next six years. It was here that her desire to create art that
merges East with West, line with form, free-flowing with precision, and earthiness, with elegance became her focus. 

Upon returning to the United States, after her father passed away, Carolyn’s path took a very direct detour. Her family moved her mother to Scottsdale to help her get settled. The family fell in love with the desert and built a home in Cave Creek. During this time, Carolyn became busy with motherhood, community work, and completing her Master’s degree for a career in teaching English as a second language to foreign business executives. Soon after graduation, she took a teaching position with the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.

Years later when her children were off to high school and college and her job became increasingly stressful, Carolyn took a sculpture class for fun and as a hobby. She found once she returned to working with clay, she knew she had come home.  At that point Carolyn took a leave of absence from teaching and concentrated on her sculpting full time. It wasn’t long before she was casting her work in bronze, and she never looked back. 

Today, businesses and individuals alike collect Carolyn’s work.  Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Carolyn Sato and experience firsthand her stunningly beautiful bronze pieces.  You will certainly find one you simply can’t take your eyes off of. 
Carolyn will be at Studio #42 in the desert foothills area during the Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour the last two weekends in November. Her Web site has a stunning array of her latest work, some of which you will see during the studio tour. Contact her by email at or call for an appointment at (480) 241-9373.

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