New Ideas and Fresh Forms – with Deb Schwartzkopf

Deb Schwartzkopf is arguably one of the most creative potters working today. In her latest video, she demonstrates how she combines a variety of throwing and handbuilding techniques to come up with her fresh and unique forms. Deb uses the wheel as a tool, along with handbuilding techniques, to break her forms into specific shapes to create the perfect silhouette. Watch and learn how to create truly one-of-a-kind pots yourself!

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Chapter 1 – The Plate
Chapter 2 – The Butter Dish
Chapter 3 – The Coffee Pour Over Set

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Deb Schwartzkopf

About the Artist

Deb Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alaska in 2002. She worked for studio potters in the Anchorage area, which gave her a strong foundation to spring from. Deb focused on glazes for a year of independent study at San Diego State University; after which she completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Penn State University in 2005. She went on to teach at institutions such as: Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Washington, and University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona, Italy. Deb has worked nationally and internationally at places such as the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), The Clay Studio (PA), Pottery Northwest (WA), Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts (ME), Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Residency for Ceramics-Berlin, Germany. Since 2002, Deb has taught over eighty workshops and exhibited work locally and abroad. She moved back to Seattle in 2009 and bought a house/studio in 2013. Since then Deb has created a beautiful, communal pottery studio where she instructs community clay classes and workshops. Deb, studio assistants, and people participating in classes all work in clay there. Together, they keep the wheels turning! Deb is the author of Creative Pottery: Innovative Techniques and Experimental Designs in Thrown and Handbuilt Ceramicswhich is due out in June 2020. See her other video Pieces & Patterns: Complex Forms from Handbuilt and Wheel-thrown Parts  and
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  • Kathleen M.

    Deb has clearly mastered her design forms. Beautiful, sculptural and functional. I appreciate that she said that these designs came out of many previous iterations. So much thought and engineering has gone into perfecting the forms. The horseshoe form is just brilliant. Just when you think there isn’t a new shape to use on a plate.

  • Ina V.

    I loved the video! The pieces are simply sublime and it’s so clever how they’re made! A lot of thought has gotten into that. Thank you.

  • Kristin B.

    How did Deb make the two bisque molds? They are different shapes but with the same curve.

  • Maggie A.

    What is your clay body, please? Are you using porcelain or a b mix? If you are using a commercial body can you please share? I have had so many problems with attachments like the ones you use in the butter dish using porcelain.

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