Deb Schwartzkopf left Seattle, her hometown in 1999, and moved to Alaska where she got her BA at the University of Alaska, Anchorage in 2002 and later completed a MFA at Penn State in 2005. In the last few years she has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the University of Washington and the University of Georgia Study Abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb has also worked as an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, and Pottery Northwest and internationally at Sanboa in Jingdezhen, China, and the Zentrum für Keramik in Berlin, Germany. She teaches workshops nationally and internationally. Currently she has a studio in Seattle, WA named Rat City Studios. She occasionally teaches community classes at Seward Park Clay Studio, Pottery Northwest or out of her studio. Send her an email and arrange a studio tour in Seattle! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I find it rewarding and challenging to make pots people will use. In my home growing up, hand made objects held special value. They were gestures of consideration and love. I continue to find objects a dwelling place for intention and association. The parameter of function both limits and frees me. It gives me direction and attaches me to community. Eating with family and friends instills a sense of place and relation. At the table I assess finished work and connect studio practice to living. This starts the cycle of making again. I want my pots to live in the kitchen where economy and celebration infuse life with purposeful beauty.