SAFE- Studio Assistant Funding Endeavor

The Studio Assistant program provides first hand experiential learning, in a successful studio environment, to emerging ceramic artists. Through this program assistants will gain valuable insight on the logistics of running an art studio, professional career development direction, and begin to build their own network.

Studio Assistants enter into a work-trade exchange for one to two years.  They work up to 8-15 hours a week in trade for their studio space and regular guidance for their art work and professional practices.  (View details under the Assistantship Tab). We work together on studio chores/ maintenance Tuesdays all day and Thursdays we formally meet in the morning to talk about their personal projects and check in on personal goals.  Over the two year period we aim to cover a huge variety of topics. View more details about our exchange. These projects are offered as a starting place. To absorb and grow through them takes a high degree of personal dedication and investment. We work on anything from artist statements to career mapping.  Technical clay difficulties to how to approach a gallery.  Information is helpful, but time is a key factor in growth.

Young artists living in Seattle have much to overcome.  High housing rates are among the most difficult.  Their time is needed in the studio.  Instead they are working day jobs ( which to some extent can be helpful in building a circle of friends and creating balance outside the studio). However, the more time I see assistants spend in their studio, the higher the degree of steps they take toward personal growth with in their work and getting their artwork into the world.

The Studio Assistant Funding Endeavor (SAFE) is my best effort to provide them with support to spend more time in their studios!

Steps I am taking to create support for assistants are...

Creating the SAFE
My initial goal is to give next years incoming assistants $500 each minimum.
The rest of the contributed funds are going to be added to the SAFE which will grow over time to create a monthly stipend.  In three years time my goal is to have an endowment started that will perennially fund assistants at Rat City Studios.

If you have another idea of how you would like to contribute please reach out to me.  I am up for the challenge of fundraising, but I can use all the assistance or advice I can get.  Thank you!

 Collaboration between Jennifer Allen & Deb Schwartzkopf

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Jennifer Allen & Deb Schwartzkopf

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Kip O'Krongly & Deb schwartzkopf

 Collaboration between Blair Clemo & Deb Schwartzkopf

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Blair Clemo & Deb Schwartzkopf

 Collaboration between En Iwamura & Deb schwartzkopf

Collaboration between
En Iwamura & Deb schwartzkopf