Pour it On | July 29th – August 2nd
Set in motion your ability to build complex pouring forms with simple parts. Playful, technique based exercises will hone your skills. We will alter thrown parts and use bisque molds, made in class, to shape slabs. These basic building processes will be combined to make non-round teapots, oil pourers, gravy boats, creamers and more. Slide shows and demonstrations will spark ideas. Discussions about surface will round out this workshop. You will be able to bring home bisque ware and lots of new techniques that will enliven your studio practice. Basic hand building and wheel throwing skills would be elpful.
Deb Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle. In 2002 she got her BA at the University of Alaska Anchorage and worked for professional studio potters. In the Spring of 2005, Deb completed a MFA at Penn State. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Washington. She has worked nationally at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, and Pottery Northwest and internationally at Sanboa in Jingdezhen, China, and the Ceramics Workcenter in Berin, Germany. Deb also teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally. In 2010 Deb returned to Seattle to set up a studio.
I find it rewarding and challenging to make pots people will use. In my home growing up, hand made objects held special value. They were gestures of consideration and love. I continue to find objects a dwelling place for intention and association. The parameter of function both limits and frees me. It gives me direction and attaches me to community. Eating with family and friends instills a sense of place and relation. At the table I assess finished work and connect studio practice to living. This starts the cycle of making again. I want my pots to live in the kitchen where economy and celebration infuse life with purposeful beauty. For more information about Deb’s work, please visit: http://www.debspottery.com