The Cup Shelf

Slowly Getting To Know The Cup, And The Rest
by Jake Fetterman

The importance of having handmade things is something that I think about on a daily basis. The feel of them, looking at them, trying to understand the context in which they were made are all a part of the use and my relationship with the object. Coming to Rat City Studios and Garden in July, I was instantly enamored with Deb and George’s cup collection, containing artists from all over the country. Many of these artists I had only seen in magazines and online, but being a very tactile person, just seeing them in a picture was never enough. Being able to get know these objects helps me with my work and my process. Seeing how a certain handle feels or how a rim is turned over or how the texture feels influences my actions when I make my work because I will try attributes within work that I like and I will not use attributes that I know that I don’t like because I get to experience them on a daily basis. The slow process of getting to know a handmade object over time through use is extremely important to me to refine my work and make what I make. Using handmade things brings me great pleasure and I am excited to contribute to that.  

             A Few of Deb and George's Cups...

             A Few of Deb and George's Cups...

Dining Room Wall

Dining Room Wall

Row One:
Manufactured Chinese Teapots and Cups, Pit-fired Teapot from a village in Western China, Doug Peltzman Teapot, Peter Brondz Pitcher, Deb Schwartzkopf Teapot, Sam Chung Teapot.
Row Two:
Peter Brondz Growler, Mark Shapiro, Deb SchwartzkopfMike Jabbur, Kinu Watanabe Yixing Teapot

Deborah Schwartzkopf

Rat City Studios is the workspace of Deborah Schwartzkopf, Seattle based studio potter and instructor. Her mission is to engage and build community through clay – one person, one neighborhood, and one experience at a time. In service to this pursuit, she offers studio assistant positions for emerging artists, connects people through social events, instructs classes and workshops, and maintains a lively career in the ceramic arts!