Rob Beishline

Rob Beishline

Biography
Rob Beishline grew up in the Pacific Northwest roaming the beaches of the Salish Sea and his neighborhood woods. When not exploring the natural world he avidly read fantasy books, and the mythological world of fantasy naturally blended in his imagination with the mystical power of the northwest wilderness. 
Rob Beishline currently lives in Bellingham, Washington where he still explores the woods and sea while being rooted in family life, a full time teaching job, and art making. His son and daughter keep him connected to the world of fantasy and play, and continue to inspire him to bring those worlds into his artwork. His recent studio efforts have resulted in participation in exhibitions at the Archie Bray Foundation and Clay Arts in Las Vegas where he received the juror's choice award.

Artist’s Statement
My current exploration of screen printing, and image transfer techniques on clay is influenced by my interest in poetry and narrative, and by a desire to express the stories and mythology I see in the lives of people around me. Photos of myself, family, and friends in costume are altered and transferred to a new environment. I enjoy elevating these characters through decoration inspired by Turkish Ottoman decorative patterns, and Dutch Delft decoration. I maintain an active studio practice and show my work locally and regionally in the Pacific Northwest, and I am active in professional groups such as Northwest Designer Craftsmen, Washington Clay Arts Association, and Whatcom Artists of Clay and Kiln.

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!