Creative Pottery

Join Seattle-based artist Deb Schwartzkopf for a journey that will help you grow as a functional potter, whether your background is in wheel-throwing or handbuilding. (Scroll down for more!)


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Hardcover | 192 Pages
Order code B206 | ISBN 978-1-63159-825-8

“I’ve just received Deb [Schwartzkopf]’s book. It’s chock full of information and ideas. Although I’ve not had time to read it fully, it’s certainly a must for anybody wanting to improve and push their boundaries.”
– Carolyn H., a happy customer!

If you need to brush up on the basics, need help setting goals, or need pointers on how to translate your inspiration into your work, Creative Pottery is the book you should have by your side. The book is a self-guided journey in which you can choose the techniques and projects that interest you!

Follow Deb’s expertise and learn how to:

  • Explore seams and alterations for projects like a vase, sauce boats, dessert boats, and a citrus juicer.
  • Make beautiful plates and learn how to make the jump from plate to cake stand.
  • Create spoons, platters, and asymmetrical shapes like an out-of-round serving dish with molded feet and a thrown rim.
  • Make multi-part forms like a butter dish or a stacking set of bowls.
  • Build a pitcher out of two simple forms and then take it further by exploring handles and spouts for a proper teapot.

“Not since Val Cushing, the late potter and distinguished Alfred professor, has someone shared every detail of creative thought and process so thoughtfully and clearly. Deb’s generosity as a mentor and teacher is unparalleled, and this book is a gift to the ceramic community.”
– Marjorie Levy, artist, educator, and past President of NCECA 

With compelling galleries, artist features, and guided questions for growth throughout, this is a book for potters everywhere that want to go beyond the basics, learn new skills, and unlock their creativity.

About the author

Deb Schwartzkopf is a studio potter, instructor, and active community member of Seattle, Washington. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Washington, and University of Georgia’s study abroad program in Cortona. She was named Ceramics Monthly and Ceramic Arts Daily’s 2019 Artist of the Year, one of the most visible awards in the field. Deb has worked as an artist in residence nationally and internationally at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), The Clay Studio (PA), Pottery Northwest (WA), Watershed (ME), Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Residency for Ceramics in Berlin, Germany. Since 2002, Deb has also taught widely at top ceramics centers including Penland School of Craft, Gaya Ceramics Center (Indonesia), and IARE (France). Her artwork is included in collections such as the Kamm Teapot Foundation, San Angelo Museum, and the WA State Arts Collection, among others. She has been included in numerous publications including Ceramic Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Studio Potter Magazine; has contributed to Red Clay Rambler Podcasts; is an active founding member of Objective Clay; has served as the Director of the Washington Clay Arts Association; and is currently a board member at Pottery Northwest. In 2013, Deb founded and launched what is now Rat City Studios, a community pottery studio where she offers adult classes, studio memberships, and opportunities for emerging artists:

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