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. Simple wheel thrown and hand built parts are pieced together. With practice the process has become nimble and intuitive. This is freeing to me. 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. 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. I am gathering and truing my ideas, process, and dreams. I am building community and establishing my studio.

Deb Schwartzkopf was born and raised in Seattle. From 1999-2002 she earned her BA at the University of Alaska and worked for professional studio potters in the Anchorage area. In the Spring of 2005, Deb completed a MFA at Penn State. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the University of Washington. She has worked nationally at the Archie Bray Foundation, Mudflat Studios, the Clay Studio, and Pottery Northwest and internationally at Sanboa in Jingdezhen, China, and the Ceramics Workcenter in Berlin, Germany. Deb also teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally. In 2010 Deb returned to Seattle. She is thrilled to be establishing her studio in this area.

Pennsylvania State University- State College, Pennsylvania
Masters of Fine Art, in Art. Emphasis in Ceramics
San Diego State University- San Diego, California
Independent Studies, Glaze chemistry, Hand building skills.
University of Alaska Anchorage- Anchorage, Alaska
Bachelor of Art, in Emphasis in Ceramics, Sculpture, Silver Fabrication

*New Works, Trackside Gallery, Spokane, Washington
Mentorship (curated), Nicklas Gallery, Seattle, Washington
*Animated Lines, Crimson Laurel Gallery, Bakersfield, North Carolina
*Sense of Place, Mithun, Pier 56, Seattle, Washington
Dinner (re)Works, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
Well Served, Seattle Design Center, Seattle, Washington
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, NM
Women Studio Potters, Lill Street, Chilcago, Illinois
Functional Ceramics 2012, Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
*Kaleidoscope, The Nicklas Gallery, Seattle, WA
*New Work, Red Star Studio, Kansas City, MO
Push and Pull in Contemporary Ceramics, University of Wisconsin Madison
Yunomi Invitational, AKAR, Iowa City, IA
*New Work, KOBO Gallery, Seattle, WA
Dallas Clay Pottery Invitational, Dallas TX
Luscious, Schaller Gallery, red Lodge, Montana
Small Favors, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania;
Luscious, Schaller Gallery Red Lodge Montana;
NCECA Gallery EXPO, Ferrin Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
New Work: Deborah Schwartzkopf Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania
*Deborah Schwartkopf : New Work Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Exquisite Pots Northern Clay Studio NCECA , Philadelphia, PA
North American Clay Invitational, Seattle, Washington- David Smith & Co
Old Church Cultural Center 35th Annual Invitational Demarest, New Jersey
Women in Whiteware, Trax Gallery, Berkeley, California
Arrowmont Summer Faculty Show, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
*A Year’s Residency at Mudflat, Lacoste Gallery, Concord, Massachusetts
Watershed Pottery Invitational, Newcastle, Maine
Pitchers, Philadelphia Clay Studio, Pennsylvania
Teapot Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Master Artists Exhibition, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida
Under Cover, Clay Art Center, Portchester, New York
Exquisite Pots: 6 Degrees of Separation, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Composite, Ohio University at NCECA, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
potPOURi: Pots that Pour, Clay Art Center, Portchester, New York
Dinner Works, Louisville Visual Art Association, Louisville, Kentucky
Archie Bray Foundation Bray in China,
Pottery Workshop, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Jingdezhen China
Pottery Northwest, Holiday Sales, Seattle Washington
Solo Exhibition, Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, West Virginia
Fresh Hands, Red Star Studios, Kansas City, Missouri
90 Teapots that Pour, Xen Gallery, St Louis, Missouri
Farewell Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
Solo Show, Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln Nebraska
Made in Clay Invitational, Greenwich House, New York, New York
La Mesa, Santa Fe Clay, NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
Women Who Work in Porcelain, NCECA, Louisville, Kentucky
Tea, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Impressions in Clay Invitational, Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Fresh Clay: Archie Bray Resident Artists, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, California
Functional Forms: Exploring Meaning and the Handmade Vessel, Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky
2006 Studio Potter Invitational, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts
The New Aesthetics of Ceramics, Huntington University, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis
Archie Bray Foundation Resident Artist Spokane Exhibition,
Kolva-Sullivan Gallery, Spokane, Washington
Forms and Shapes: The Useful Teapot, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
New Artist, AKAR, Iowa City, Iowa
Solo Show, Terra Incognito Studios and Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois
7th Annual Clay Invitational, The Art Spirit Gallery, Coeur D’Alene, Idaho
Fellowship Exhibition, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
Strictly Functional Pottery National,
Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Solo Show, KOBO Gallery at Higo, Seattle, Washington
Solo Show, Carbondale Clay Center, Carbondale, Colorado
Form and Function: the Teapot, Skutt Ceramic Products, Portland, Oregon
2005 at the Bray, NCECA, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon
Archie Bray Foundation Resident Christmas Exhibition, Helena, Montana
13 + 1, Chris Staley and Penn State Alumni,
Works Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Invitational, Catalog
The Archie Bray Foundation Presents- Present and Past Residents,
Missoula Clay Studio, Missoula, Montana
16 Women: 16 Perspectives, Red Star Studios and Gallery,
Kansas City, Missouri, Invitational, catalog
Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition,
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
MFA Thesis Show, Zoller Gallery, Penn State, Pennsylvania
Strictly Functional Pottery National, Market House Craft Center,
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, John Glick, Jurors Choice Award
Taking Measure II, an Exhibition of Ceramic Art of American Students
Jingdezhen, PR China, Juried, Residency Award,
The Next Generation, Santa Fe Clay Gallery, New Mexico, Invitational
NCECA Regional Student Juried Show, Indianapolis, Indiana, AMACO Award
Generations: Impending Lineage, Art and Industry Gallery,
San Diego, California, Invitational
Art in Place, Inplace Kitchen Design Studio, La Jolla, California
NCECA Regional Student Juried Show, San Diego, California
Teapots, Seward Park Gallery, Columbia City, Washington, Invitational

Archie Bray Foundation - Helena, Montana
Philadelphia Clay Studio - Philadelphia, Clay Studio
Pottery Northwest - Seattle, WA
Rosenfield Collection - Dallas Texas-
Kamm Teapot Foundation -
San Angelo Museum - San Angelo, Texas

Pottery Making Illustrated, Kaleidoscope Lines, Covered Jars, May/June
Ceramics Arts Yearbook and Annual Buyers Guild, Utilitarian Clay VI, Pgs 16-17
Arts and Architecture: Penn State News, Four Former Penn State Ceramics Graduates present at Prestigious Symposium. Oct 17, 2012
Deborah Schwartzkopf and Fong Choo, Fusion, Vol 36, No 1, Pgs 10, 11, & 25
Just Dessert Pottery Making Illustrated, Jan/ Feb Issue
Pieces and Patterns: Complex Forms From Wheel thrown and Hand Built Parts,
Full length DVD produced by the American Ceramics Socity-
NCECA Journal Deborah Schwartzkopf: Emotions and Communication in Form
Volume 32, Pgs 30 & 132
500 Vases: Lark Books
Plum TV Blending Art With Life, June 15th
Green and Gold News University of Alaska Anchorage, Alumni Profile: Deborah Schwartzkopf
Seattle Weekly, The Confectioner May, 25th
Idaho Mountain Express Meet a Master of Clay June 8th, Pg C1
Ceramics Monthly Deborah Schwartzkopf: Full Circle, by Molly Hatch February
Pottery Making Illustrated For the Birds, by Deborah Schwartzkopf, Feb/ March
Studio Potter, Color in Counterpoint, December 2006, Pg 68
Ceramic Excellence, 2005-2006, Blossoming Geometries, pgs 1-2, by Melissa G. Post
Ceramics Monthly, Aug/ Sept 2006, “A Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration,
The Archie Bray and the Jentel Foundation Residency”, pg 39-41
Ceramics Monthly, May 2006, “Emerging Artist”
Clay Times, April 2006, “The Gallery” pg. 60
Ceramics Monthly, February 2006, “Up Front” pg 20.
500 Cups: Lark Books

Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, Washington- Currently Teaching
Artist in Residence and Instructor
Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington
University of Washington Seattle, Washington - Summer Session
Guest Artist in Residence
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jan/Feb 2010
Artist in Residence and Instructor
Mudflat Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts-
Massachusetts College of Art and Design- Spring
Harvard for the Arts Community Program- Fall
Visiting Assistant Professor
Ohio University, Athens Ohio
International Residency
Ceramics Workshop, Berlin Germany, July 2008
Artist in Residence
The Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana
International Residency,
San Bao Ceramic Art Institute, Jingdezhen, China
Awarded: Taking Measure II, an Exhibition of Ceramic Art of American Students
Graduate Teaching, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Graduate Teaching, Museum Internship,
Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
Lab Technician, Mesa College, San Diego, California
Studio Assistant, San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Instructor, Jamul Elementary, spring quarter 1st -6th grade after school ceramics class
Potter’s Studio Assistant, Peter Brondz, Bird Creek, Alaska
Potter’s Studio Assistant, Kris Bliss, Anchorage, Alaska

Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts, Victoria, BC, Canada
Boulder Potters Guild, Boulder, Colorado
Baker Creek Studios, Bellingham, Washington
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
San Diego State University, San Diego, California
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Utilitarian Clay Symposium - September. Three days of presentations/demos, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Mudfire Studios, Decatur, Georgia
Snow Farm, Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Rural Arts, Lopez Island, Washington
College of Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan
Moshier Arts Center, Burien, Washington
Fusion Ontario Clay and Glass Association, London, Ontario, Canada, Conference Presenter
Ann Arbor Clay Guild, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Art of the Pot, Austin Texas
18 Hands Gallery- Houston, Texas
Springborad, Post-NCECA Workshop- March, Seattle, WA
Winter Workshop- Bird Creek, Alaska
NCECA Demonstrator, Tampa, Florida
William and Mary- Williamsburg, Maryland
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Boulder Mountain Clay Center, Ketchum, Idaho
Craft Allaince, St Louis, Missouri
Red Star Studios, Kansas City, MO
Dallas Craft Guild, Dallas Texas- Week long workshop
University of Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada
Clay Art Center, Port Chester, New York
Seward Park Clay Studio, Seattle, Washington
University of Alaska: Fairbanks. Fairbanks, Alaska
Kirkland Arts Center Kirkland, Washington- Week Long Workshop
Taos Clay, El Prado New Mexico
Walnut Creek Arts Center, Walnut Creek, California
University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee- Week Long workshop
Millersville University- Pennsylvania
Armory Arts Center West Palm Beach, Florida
Mudflat Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts
St. Louis Community College, St Louis, Illinois
Illinois State University, Ybor Art Center, Ybor, Florida
Bowling Green State University, Ohio
Pottery Northwest, Seattle, Washington
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana
Coronado High School, San Diego, California

Fellowship, Artist Trust- Seattle, Washington
Faculty Professional development Fund, Ohio University
Montana Arts Council Professional Development Grant
Lilian Fellowship Recipient, Archie Bray Foundation
Rocky Mountain Gear Store Award of Merit, Starbrick Clay National 2006
Juror’s Choice: John Glick, Strictly Functional Pottery National
Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, NCECA
International Artist residency, San Bao Ceramic Art Institute Jingdezhen, China
Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, China
Waddel Biggart Graduate Fellowship, Penn State
Penn State University Graduate Travel Grant, NCECA
AMACO Award of Excellence, NCECA RJSE. Indianapolis, IN
Naomi I. Becker Scholarship, Haystack Mountain School of Art and Craft, Deer Isle, ME