sfclayworks is excited to host Seattle ceramics artist Deborah Schwartzkopf for our 2018 demonstration workshop on Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12, 2018.

Over the two day workshop, Deborah will be sharing her unique working methods with us. On Friday evening before the workshop, we will have a gallery opening of Deborah’s amazing work, and at 7 pm she will be presenting an artist lecture and slide show. I am sure you will find the lecture to be an important part of your workshop experience. 

We hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to learn more about Ms Schwatzkopf’s interesting and unique working methods.

Deborah Schwartzkopf


WHAT: Deborah Schwartzkopf | 2-day demonstration workshop | and evening opening and slide lecture*

WHEN: August (10)* 11-12, 2018 | Demo Workshop, Sat. 10am-4pm | Sun. 10am-4pm | Doors open at 9:30am (description below)

WHERE: sfclayworks | 2240 Palou Avenue | San Francisco, CA | 94124

FEE: $200. Lunch included in the workshop fee, however we may not be able to accommodate special dietary restrictions.  Discounted fee for sfcw studio members, $180.

*Free artist slide lecture and opening to be held Friday August 10, 2018 at 7pm.


Workshop Description:
Deb Schwartzkopf will present functional vessels that are made using a variety of construction techniques.
She will share how she forms ideas from drawing, patterns, her environment, and the process of making itself.

In this two day demonstration workshop, Deb will use bisque molds to shape and build with slabs. Simple thrown sections will be altered. She will demo using paper templates to augment hand building. In the end, all these approaches will by combined to make non-round, expressive shapes.

While making, Deb will also discuss the way she thinks about surface and how it can change the way the form is perceived and what she intends it to communicate. This workshop will offer many different examples of building with clay what will enrich the skills of both the hand builder and the wheel thrower.

Do not miss this opportunity! Space is limited! 




Deborah Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle.  From 1999-2002 she earned her BA at the University of Alaska and worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area.  After a year of independent study at San Diego State University, Deb completed her MFA at Penn State in May  of 2005. Since then she has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Washington.  She has worked nationally at the Archie Bray Foundation,  Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, Pottery Northwest, Watershed, and internationally at San Boa in Jingdezhen, China, the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany and taught with the University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally. Please visit her studio website http://ratcitystudios.com for upcoming events, classes, studio assistant opportunities, or appointments for visiting her space, Rat City Studios, in Seattle WA.


In order to make pottery I must approach the clay with openness and practiced skill, with a clear idea and playful intuition.  My studio practice is a constant cycle referring to itself in the way I draw from my own processes and from my approach to problem solving.  I also look further afield, drinking in the many details of the world around me. I am a sponge for nuances of color placement in birds and how shadows break up forms.  These cause me to notice and become aware of my surroundings. I am always seeking and asking myself, “How does this cup feel when held? Where will this pitcher live?  What am I communicating with this line or volume?”  As I spend hours in my studio working away, my mind blends and refracts the interests I research and my circling, reoccurring questions.  I love the stillness and intensity of my studio practice in which I am free to listen, to move clay, to invent… My studio practice feeds me.  I am fulfilled building my community through teaching workshops, trading eggs with neighbors, and spending time with friends and family. I am busy like a bee tending to the details of life – keeping up with my many hobbies, keeping my studio practice vibrate, promoting my career, mentoring in the studio, gardening and occasionally tinking away on my banjo. This constant motion feeds my energy and excitement for life, which I strive to capture in the forms and surfaces of my pottery.

To learn more about Deborahs studio please check her website.

Rat City Studios