Tricks Of The Trade

October 15, 2017 – October 21, 2017

Deborah Schwartzkopf

The goal of this course is to set in motion the student’s ability to build complex forms of clay with simple parts. You will make basic templates and simple hump molds to shape slabs and combine thrown and altered forms to develop ceramic skills. As students puzzle these pieces together, the focus will be on expressive shapes. Slide shows and demonstrations will spark ideas and help you progress toward fluency with material. Discussions about surface, making it as an artist, and studio practice will round out the workshop. Participants will take home bisque ware and lots of new techniques to enliven their studio practice. Basic hand building and wheel throwing skills are helpful.


Deborah Schwartzkopf works from her studio, Ceramistas Seattle, in Seattle, Washington. She earned her BA at the University of Alaska and an MFA at Penn State, and taught at Ohio University, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Washington. Schwartzkopf teaches workshops and exhibits nationally and internationally.

Deborah Schwartzkopf

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2017. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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