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Artist Workshops



We don't have any currently planned, but if you'd like to  teach or have questions/suggestions, please reach out!


DEB SCHWARTZKOPF: August 19 & 20, 2023


Summer 2023 Workshop at Turnagain Clay Ceramics

Nestled In: Liqueur Serving Set:
Dates: Sat/ Sun, August 19th and 20th, 10am-4pm each day







Workshop Description:
This process oriented workshop, with Deb S
chwartzkopf, will introduce handbuilders and throwers to new ways of combining clay working techniques. We’ll make templates and hump molds. We will shape slabs, alter cylinders, and then assemble components! Our focus will be making a Liqueur Serving Set. Add to your tool box of tricks as we explore fun, surprising ways to work with clay.

Our set will consist of small cups, a bottle with a stopper, and a tray to hold them all! Deb will demonstrate several variations of each of these functional forms. Build your skills making templates, altering thrown forms, and attaching pieces together.


As we spend time together, conversation may also foray into how where inspiration comes from, surface solutions, professional development tips, ideas about growing a small business, and ways to build our community.  Spark ideas to bring back into your studio practice, build your clay working skills, and join a rich conversation on all things clay!

rated Forms:
Bottle (thrown version, blended version, slab version) + mold for slab built body
Cup (thrown version, blended version, slab version) + mold for foot
Tray (blended version, slab version)

Instructor Bio:
After getting her start in clay in Alaska at UAA and working for several local potters, Deb Schwartzkopf furthered her education with a year of independent study at SDSU and then an MFA from Penn State in 2005. Since then, she participated in numerous teaching appointments and ceramics residencies before moving back to her home town of Seattle, WA. In 2013, Deb established Rat City Studios with a mission is to engage and build community through clay. In service to this pursuit, she mentors emerging artists, teaches, and maintains a lively studio practice in the ceramic arts! Ceramics Monthly Magazine awarded Deborah Schwartzkopf Ceramic Artist of the Year for 2019. Published in June 2020, her book Creative Pottery features 192 pages of clay working techniques. In 2022, Deb founded Rain City Clay, a small community arts organization. Deb loves to weed her garden, tend honey bees, or forage woodland goodies.

-Check back for future offerings or stop into Turnagain Ceramics to suggest an artist you'd love to learn from!

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