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Deb Schwartzkopf Workshop

Deb Schwartzkopf Workshop

Well Served: Workshop - 10 days, hands-on

15 Oct 2020 - 26 Oct 2020

Price: 2300€


  • Weekday lunch
  • Materials
  • Firing
  • Welcome dinner

Opportunity: If you would like to stay longer and work in the studio? Price: 75 € per week

Led by Seattle-based studio potter, instructor, and inspiring artist Deb Schwartzkopf, this exploratory workshop is for everyone working in clay with an interest in tableware. Come and discover the many ways functional forms can be pieced together from thrown and hand-built parts.

Let’s explore tableware. Come design and create your own place setting! This hands-on workshop is a guided, creative time. We will start with a Plate, Bowl and Cup… And then move into vases, pitchers, and platters! Identify and investigate the relationships within and between different forms. How does the plate meet the table? How is the meal framed? Is the handle comfortable? What gesture are you capturing in your pitcher? There are so many elements to consider in the creative processes of designing and making.

These immersive ten days will set in motion your ability to build complex forms with simple parts. We will discuss how expressive shapes spring from sketches, patterns, our environment, and the process of making itself. You will be able to bring home bisque ware and lots of new techniques that will enliven your studio practice and capture memories of studio adventures and travel explorations.

In the unparalleled setting of Saint – Raphael, singular opportunities abound. Join into an exchange of ideas as you foray into throwing, altering, cutting templates, molding slabs, deriving and defining inspiration, and then reassembling — Deb’s complex yet articulate methods for creating unique dishes blending hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Contemplate the presentation of delectable inspirations while browsing local farmers markets, nearby villages or the beach. Be inspired by the red mountainous landscape meeting the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. Build memories and share fabulous meal-time experiences with fellow participants. In addition, enjoy all the opportunities the area has to offer - possibilities of wine tasting, honey tasting, fishing, or hiking.

The Nitty-Gritty

Learn new ways to move clay with skill building exercises..

Demonstrations will offer techniques for

  • Working with slabs & wheel thrown parts
  • Altering simple wheel thrown parts
  • Basic template making
  • Creating bisque molds to shape slabs
  • Combining wheel thrown and slab built sections
  • Multiple feet/ rim solutions
  • Making handles
  • Bringing inspirations into your artwork
  • Surface design solutions
  • Idea building exercises