Rat City Studios: Building Community Through Clay!
Rat City Studios is the workspace of Deborah Schwartzkopf, Seattle based studio potter and instructor. Her aim 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!
Rat City Studios is a residential property. The day-light basement of the house holds her workspace, rental studios, kitchenette, packing-and-shipping room and a shop bathroom. A covered kiln and outdoor project area separates these two buildings. Surrounding them all are green spaces holding raised beds, beehives, chicken coop, pizza oven, fire-ring, and perennial gardens.
Emerging artists join in a yearlong studio assistant position, trading their time for studio space where art making, daily living and experiential learning fuse. Adult 10-week clay classes and occasional workshops bring together people to learn to work with clay and gain professional development skills. Rat City Studios participates in open studio and urban farm tours. Through all of these endeavors people are brought together to connect with each other and feed their creativity.
Join the Rat Race!
How did Rat City Studios get its name? (link)
Naming of the kilns! (link)
Moving to Seattle (link)
Learn about the studio through our Year End Review
This is an overview of the year: The people, the costs of doing business, the highlights! This is the first year, hopefully of many that a review has been made. Enjoy and come back for more in the future!
2016 Year End Review: A transformational year