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Deborah Schwartzkopf Workshop

Springboard - November 2-4, 2012

Deborah Schwartzkopf leads this three-day class focused on throwing, altering, and hand building techniques for constructing non-round functional pots.

Participants will begin their exploration with demonstrations and images, then begin working hands-on. Instruction will include time for throwing, altering, and learning how to make and use simple paper patterns and bisque molds for shaping slabs. Function will serve as a recognizable starting point for infusing abstraction.

Schwartzkopf will guide discussion on how expressive shapes spring from sketches, patterns, our environment, and the process of making itself. This hands-on intensive will offer a platform for repetition of new skills, dialogue on surface solutions, and igniting ideas to bring home to the studio.

Class size 16.

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Three day Workshop
November 2-4, 2012
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Deborah Schwartzkopf Artist Bio

After ten years of traveling for school, residencies and jobs, Deborah Schwartzkopf, has returned to Seattle Washington, her home town. Since the fall of 2009, she has be a resident artist at Pottery Northwest and instructor at Seward Park Art Studios. She received her BA from the university of Alaska Anchorage and MFA from Penn State. She has worked at the Archie Bray Foundation and taught workshops nationally and at the University of Washington, Ohio University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has exhibited and nationally and internationally. She is thrilled to have a home base in Seattle and is establishing her own studio in the northwest.

Deborah Schwartzkopf Artist Statement

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.

The processes I use yield complex forms defined by animated lines and soft planes. Multiple parts are pieced together. At times I combine wheel thrown and hand built parts. At others a singular method is used. The slab parts are patterned and laid over bisqued clay molds. I build these molds with reclaimed clay and shape them with the wheel or by coiling building. I find they give me the ability to make slab pieces with consistent volume. When I first approached hand building I had complicated patterns for every shape. Over time I have simplified patterns. With practice the process has become nimble and intuitive. This is freeing to me. Simple patterns are easier to augment and develop into new forms. I find refinement like a glacier moving down a valley: troublesome areas are meditatively eroded away and new ideas spring to mind. Slow practice yields fluidity in process, allowing me to shift focus to formal elements, intentional references, and how a pot will feel or fit into life.

Pots are a place where I embrace abstraction of emotions and communication in form. Birds are starting places in my study of stance and expression. I want to capture their expressions of precision and breath. The awkward pelican and elegant, buoyant loon embody curious shapes I mesh with geometric, sensual, and architectural elements. On the surfaces of my work, I merge our culture's signals and nature's placement of hue. Even in the Seattle winter, humming birds flash and scoot for nectar from my rosemary bush. Traffic lights illuminate the night, demanding attention as I bike through the city. With intentional placement, these visual messages imply function, trigger associations, and call for exploration. I find the relationship between form and surface integral and defining. Each informs the other within my cyclic studio practice.

The reciprocal relationship between my work and my life is unfolding; my chosen pathway in clay directs my life. As I strive for balance, the lessons I transfer from biking, snowboarding or gardening enrich my studio practice. Time with family and friends feed my inner life. I am gathering and truing my ideas, process, and dreams.

Deborah Schwartzkopf Artist Resume

2005-2003, Pennsylvania State University- State College, Pennsylvania, Masters of Fine Art, in Art. Emphasis in Ceramics.
2003-2002, San Diego State University- San Diego, California, Independent Studies, Glaze chemistry, Hand building skills.
2002-1999, University of Alaska Anchorage- Anchorage, Alaska, Bachelor of Art, in Emphasis in Ceramics, Sculpture, Silver Fabrication
Professional Experience:
2009-Present, Instructor, Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, Washington
2009-2011, Artist in Residence and Instructor, Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington- Two year artist residency beginning August 2011
2010, Professor, University of Washington Seattle, Washington- Summer Session, Ceramics for non-art majors
2010, Guest Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania- Jan/ Feb 2010
2010, Artist in Residence and Instructor, Mudflat Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts- year long appointment
2010, Professor, Massachusetts College of Art and Design- Spring
2010, Harvard for the Arts Community Program- Fall
2008-2007, Visiting Assistant Professor, Ohio University, Athens Ohio
2008, International Residency, Ceramics Workshop, Berlin Germany, July 2008
2007-2005, Artist in Residence, The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
2005, International Residency, San Bao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China
2005, Graduate Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
2004, Graduate Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
2003, Lab Technician, Mesa College, San Diego, California
2003, Studio Assistant, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
2003, Instructor, Jamul Elementary
2002, Potter's Studio Assistant, Peter Brondz, Bird Creek, Alaska
2002, Potter's Studio Assistant, Kris Bliss, Anchorage, Alaska
Lectures & Workshops:
2012, Gaya Ceramic and Design- Two-week, hand-on workshop in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
2012, 18 Hands Gallery- Houston Texas, Three-day, Hands-on
2012, Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass Association- London, Ontario, Canada, Conference Presentor-
2012, Winter Workshop- Bird Creek, Alaska- Three day hands-on
2011, NCECA Demonstrator, Tampa, Florida- Two day demonstration- to several thousand people
2011, William and Mary- Williamsburg, Maryland- Two day lecture/ critique/ demo
2011, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona- Two day lecture/ critique/ demo
2011, Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon- Two day lecture/ demo
2011, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gatlinburg, Tennessee- Week long workshop
2011, Boulder Mountain Clay Center, Ketchum, Idaho- Three day lecture/demo
2011, Craft Allaince, St Louis, Missouri- Day and a half demo and lecture
2011, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO- - Two day lecture/demo
2011, Dallas Craft Guild, Dallas Texas- Week long workshop
2011, University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada- Three day workshop and lecture
2010, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York- Three day workshop
2010, Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, Washington- - Two day lecture/demo
2010, University of Alaska: Fairbanks. Fairbanks, Alaska- Three day lecture/ demo
2010, Kirkland Arts Center Kirkland, Washington- Week Long Workshop
2010, Taos Clay, El Prado New Mexico- Three day lecture/ demo
2009, Walnut Creek Arts Center, Walnut Creek, California- - Two day lecture/demo
2009, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska- - Two day lecture/demo
2009, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee- Week Long workshop
2009, Millersville University- Pennsylvania- - Two day lecture/demo
2009, Armory Arts Center West Palm Beach, Florida- Three day lecture/ demo
2008, Mudflat Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts- - Two day lecture/demo,
2008, St. Louis Community College, St Louis, Illinois- - Two day lecture/demo
2008, Illinois State University, Ybor Art Center, Ybor, Florida- - Two day lecture/demo
2007, Bowling Green State University, Ohio- Two day lecture/ demo
2006 , Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington- Two day lecture/demo
2005, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana- Two day lecture/demo
2003, Coronado High School, San Diego, California- One day workshop to six periods of art class
2007, Faculty Professional development Fund, Ohio University
2007, Montana Arts Council Professional Development Grant
2006, Lilian Fellowship Recipient, Archie Bray Foundation
2006, Rocky Mountain Gear Store Award of Merit, Starbrick Clay National 2006
2006, Juror's Choice: John Glick, Strictly Functional Pottery National
2006, Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, NCECA
2004, International Artist residency, San Bao Ceramic Art Institute Jingdezhen, China
2004, Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, China
2004, Waddel Biggart Graduate Fellowship, Penn State
2004, Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, NCECA
2003, AMACO Award of Excellence, NCECA RJSE. Indianapolis, IN
2002, Naomi I. Becker Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Art and Craft, Deer Isle, ME
2011, *New Work, Red Star Studio, Kansas City, MO
2011, Push and Pull in Contemporary Ceramics, University of Wisconsin Madison
2011, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
2011, La Mesa, Santa Fe Gallery, NM
2011, NCECA Expo-Red Lodge Clay Studio, 18 Hands Gallery, NEXPO and Santa Fe Clay Galleries
2011, *New Work, KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
2011, Dallas Clay Pottery Invitational, Dallas TX
2010, Luscious, Schaller Gallery, red Lodge, Montana
2010, Drink, Roswell Art Center, Roswell, Georgia
2010, Small Favors, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania;
2010, Luscious, Schaller Gallery Red Lodge Montana;
2010, NCECA Gallery EXPO, Ferrin Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
2010, La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay NCECA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
2010, New Work: Deborah Schwartzkopf Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania;
2010, *Deborah Schwartkopf : New Work Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York;
2010, Exquisite Pots Northern Clay Studio NCECA , Philadelphia, PA
2009, North American Clay Invitational, Seattle, Washington- David Smith & Co,
2009, Old Church Cultural Center 35th Annual Invitational Demarest, New Jersey;
2009, Women in Whiteware, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California;
2009, Arrowmont Summer Faculty Show, Gatlinburg, Tennessee;
2009, *A Year's Residency at Mudflat, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusetts;
2009, Watershed Pottery Invitational, Newcastle, Maine;
2009, Pitchers, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania;
2009, Teapot Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts;
2009, La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay NCECA, Phoenix, Arizona;
2009, Master Artists Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida;
2009, Under Cover, Clay Art Center, Portchester, New York
2008, Exquisite Pots: 6 Degrees of Separation, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2008, potPOURi: Pots that Pour, Clay Art Center, Portchester, New York
2008, Dinner Works, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky,
2007, Archie Bray Foundation Bray in China,
2007, Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Jingdezhen China
2007, Pottery Northwest, Holiday Sales, Seattle Washington
2007, Gifted, Holiday Sales, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2007, Solo Exhibition, Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, West Virginia
2007, Fresh Hands, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri,
2007, For the Table, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007, 90 Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery, St Louis, Missouri
2007, Farewell Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
2007, Solo Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln Nebraska
2007, Made in Clay Invitational, Greenwich House, New York, New York
2007, Plates and Platters Invitational, Pewabic Pottery, Detroit, Michigan
2007, La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
2007, Women Who Work in Porcelain, NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
2007, From the Earth, University of Kentucky Museum of Art, Lexington, Kentucky
2007, Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa,
2007, Tea, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007, Impressions in Clay Invitational, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia
2007, Fresh Clay: Archie Bray Resident Artists, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
2007, By Design: A Place at the Table, Art and Heritage Center, Miles City, Montana
2007, Functional Forms: Exploring Meaning and the Handmade Vessel,
2007, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
2006, 2006 Studio Potter Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
2006, The New Aesthetics of Ceramics, Huntington University, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Simple Cup 2006, Invitational, KOBO Gallery, Seattle, Washington
2006, Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artist Spokane Exhibition,
2006, Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, Washington
2006, Forms and Shapes: The Useful Teapot, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
2006, New Artist, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
2006, Solo Show, Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois
2006, Jersey Shore Clay National, M. T. Burton Gallery, Surf City, New Jersey
2006, Invitational Group Show, Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, West Virginia
2006, 7th Annual Clay Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
2006, Two Painters and a Potter, Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2006, Fellowship Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
2006, Atlanta Teapot Festival, Seen Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia
2006, Strictly Functional Pottery National,
2006, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2006, Solo Show, KOBO Gallery at Higo, Seattle, Washington
2006, Teapots A-Go-Go, Mudfire Gallery, Decatur, Georgia
2006, Solo Show, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado
2006, 16th San Angelo National Competition, San Angelo, Texas
2006, Crafts National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
2006, Form and Function: the Teapot, Skutt Ceramic Products, Portland, Oregon
2006, 2005 at the Bray, NCECA, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
2006, Bowls Invitational, Charlie Cummings Gallery, Fort Wayne, Indiana
2006, Affinity for the Cup II, Exploding Head Gallery, Sacramento, California
2006, States of Being, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, Invitational
2006, Starbrick Clay National 2006, Starbrick Clay, Nelsonville, Ohio, Merit Award
2005, The Simple Cup, KOBO Gallery- at Higo, Seattle, Washington
2005, Archie Bray Foundation Resident Christmas Exhibition, Helena, Montana
2005, 13 + 1, Chris Staley and Penn State Alumni, Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Invitational, Catalog
2005, The Archie Bray Foundation Presents- Present and Past Residents, Missoula Clay Studio, Missoula, Montana
2005, 16 Women: 16 Perspectives, Red Star Studios and Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri, Invitational, catalog
2005, Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2005, MFA Thesis Show, Zoller Gallery, Penn State, Pennsylvania
2005, Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, John Glick, Jurors Choice Award
2004, Taking Measure II, an Exhibition of Ceramic Art of American Students, Jingdezhen, PR China, Juried, Residency Award, Viewable:
2004, The Next Generation, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, New Mexico, Invitational
2004, NCECA Regional Student Juried Show, Indianapolis, Indiana, AMACO Award
2002, Generations: Impending Lineage, Art and Industry Gallery, San Diego, California, Invitational
2002, Art in Place, Inplace Kitchen Design Studio, La Jolla, California
2002, NCECA Regional Student Juried Show, San Diego, California
2002, Teapots, Seward Park Gallery, Columbia City, Washington, Invitational
2011, NCECA Journal Deborah Schwartzkopf: Emotions and Communication in Form, Volume 32, Pgs 30 & 132
2011, Plum TV Blending Art With Life, June 15th,
2011, Green and Gold News University of Alaska Anchorage, Alumni Profile: Deborah Schwartzkopf,
2011, Seattle Weekly, The Confectioner May, 25th
2011, Idaho Mountain Express Meet a Master of Clay June 8th, Pg C1
2010, Ceramics Monthly Deborah Schwartzkopf: Full Circle, by Molly Hatch February
2010, Pottery Making Illustrated For the Birds, by Deborah Schwartzkopf, Feb/ March
2006, Studio Potter, Color in Counterpoint, December 2006, Pg 68
2006, Ceramic Excellence, 2005-2006, Blossoming Geometries, pgs 1-2, by Melissa G. Post
2006, Ceramics Monthly, Aug/ Sept 2006, "A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration,
2006, The Archie Bray and the Jentel Foundation Residency", pg 39-41
2006, Ceramics Monthly, May 2006, "Emerging Artist"
2006, Clay Times, April 2006, "The Gallery" pg. 60
2006, Ceramics Monthly, February 2006, "Up Front" pg 20.
2003, 500 Cups: Lark Books
NCECA (National Council for Education on the Ceramic Arts), Membership/attendance 2011-2000
Figurative Symposium 2008, Skælskør, Denmark hosted at Guldagergaard
Utilitarian Clay Convention, 2004, Gatlinburg, Tenessee hosted at Arrowmont