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How do you turn your passion into a successful business? In this video series, Deb Schwartzkopf candidly shares the secrets of building her successful business from the ground up and provides practical tips for efficiency and productivity. In the interview portion of the video, Building A Studio Business, Deb covers everything from defining wants and needs, to using crowd funding to help finance, to online organizational tools to help keep everything running smoothly. In part two, Deb does a walk through of her studio, discussing how everything is set up for efficiency, including how-to demonstrations of the systems she developed to help manage waste clay and glaze, her space-saving bat system, and more!

Part 1: Building a Studio Business Interview
Part 2: Studio Tour and Demos
Chapter 1 - The Main Community Space
Chapter 2 - The Kiln Yard
Chapter 3 - Glaze Mixing Area
Chapter 4 - Studio Management & Deb's Work Space
Chapter 5 - Making a Plaster Reclaim Trough
Chapter 6 - Paver Tile Reclaim System
Chapter 7 - Space Saving Bat System
Chapter 8 - How to Pack Pots for Safe Shipment

Total runtime: approximately 1 hour, 32 minutes

About the Author

Deborah Schwartzkopf

After traveling for ten years for various career opportunities, Deborah Schwartzkopf returned to her hometown of Seattle, Washington, in 2009, where she is now working as a full-time studio artist. Deb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alaska and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The Pennsylvania State University. She has participated in artist residencies at the Archie Bray Foundation (Helena, Montana), Mudflat Studios (Somerville, Massachusetts), and The Clay Studio (Philadelphia), and was a visiting assistant professor at Ohio University. To learn more about her and see more images of her work, please visit
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