Tell us a bit about yourself (name, location, affiliations, personal stuff).
Hello fellow Etsians and all my wonderful customers! I’m Suzanna Scott, a 32 year old artist living and working in Mobile, Alabama. The majority of my childhood was spent living overseas in the Philippines. This experience built an invaluable repertoire of memories and images that I constantly glean from in my work. I attended Asbury College (located right outside of Lexington, Kentucky) and earned a BA in Art with an emphasis in sculpture. Until about 2 years ago I was primarily labeled as a stone sculptor. When my daughter Elizabeth was born I began creating small scale assemblage and collage, thus Sushipot was born. I currently reside in a small but cozy home full of art with my husband Patrick and my daughter.
What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
I remember two images that I would draw repetitively as a young child–houses and bridges. The houses were always tall and grid-like with dozens of rooms. I would draw elaborate details inside each room and each would be labeled for a specific use. The symbolism behind the house form still fascinates me today. As for the bridges–I don’t know what was up with that!
What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
My inspirations come from so many weird places/things/people at the oddest times. Some days I wish I could just switch off my brain as some ideas have almost made me drive off the road or want to jump out of bed at 3 in the morning and start working. I sketch and doodle constantly so as not to lose a precious idea! Here’s a list of things that switch me on….all things old, chipped, cracked, worn, dusty, used, found, buried, designed, loved, pieced, intricate, aged and transfigured. That about covers it!
What are your favorite materials?
Old books & paper, junk, anything that’s rusted and I must mention stone as I’ve been carving for about 10 years now. You can see examples of my stone work at
What have been the most valuable lessons learned from other artists on Etsy?
I have learned (and am learning) an invaluable life lesson from my good friend Suzanne at (ravenwolf.etsy.com) who has recently joined Etsy. Beauty can also come from the darkest points of life and the creation of beauty does not stop during tragedy–it becomes transfigured.
Why should people buy handmade?
Handmade objects come with a story and background. They add interest to the everyday and the mundane. Life is too short to be ordinary. You must fill it with objects of beauty!
What features/services would you most like to see on Etsy?
It would be great to see an Etsy wide gift certificate available for use in all shops.
Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Wash dishes. Do laundry. Weed the flower beds. Change diapers. Boring stuff.
Read any good books lately?
No…unless you count “Hop On Pop” by Dr. Seuss, I read that to Elizabeth before bedtime. The last book I read was in September of last year, the week before I discovered Etsy. I do read occasional snippets from books as I cut them up for collage!
In ten years I’d like to be…
Still creating. Still married to Patrick. Traveling a bit more. Discovering Etsy is one of the best things that has ever happened to me–I’d love to still be convo-ing and heart-ing in 2017!