Deb Schwartzkopf- Owner/ Instructor/ Artist

Deb Schwartzkopf

I find momentum in building a life full of exploration, community and clay. At Rat City Studios I teach classes & workshops, host social events, rent studio space, & offer emerging artists work space and professional development coaching in exchange for help around the studio. Together we keep the wheels turning! I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington.  From 1999-2009 I traveled for education, residencies, and teaching appointment.  This took me from Anchorage to Berlin, from Boston to China and to many other exceptional experiences. I moved back to Seattle in 2009.  I bought a house and studio space in 2013, and since then have been doing projects galore to create a beautiful, functional space to make pots in.  I am thrilled to be establishing a thriving community of artists in West Seattle!

Artist Statement
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 farther 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 and cause me to notice them anew. 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 the circling, recurring 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.