Sue Tirrell

Sue Tirrell
Sue Tirrell

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Artist Statement
I came to clay as a college freshman, intent on studying graphic design and was won over by the prospect of combining illustration with three-dimensional objects.  My functional pots and sculpture draw inspiration from my life-long experiences in Montana and the West, my love of animals and interest in folk-art, vintage kitsch, western art and design.   I want my work to bring character, spark memory, and promote storytelling while food and drink are being shared.  A narrative lies within each piece that builds and flourishes with time and use.

Sue Tirrell

Biography
Sue Tirrell was born and raised in Red Lodge, Montana; a small ranching and tourist community on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park. She received an AA from Cottey College in Nevada, MO in 1995 and a BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1997.  She has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT; California State University, Chico; and the Custer County Art & Heritage Center in Miles City, MT.  She has logged hundreds of hours teaching ceramics and multi-media workshops in community centers, college classrooms, convalescent homes and one-room schoolhouses.  She currently lives, works and rides her pony on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Montana’s Paradise Valley.

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!