Visiting potter Deborah Schwartzkopf will exhibit and demonstrate her work in clay during a visit to Western Carolina University.
Schwartzkopf will hold clay demonstrations at 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in Room 151 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. She will present an artist’s talk and slideshow from 5-6 p.m. in Room 130 of the Bardo Arts Center. A collection of her work will be on exhibit in the Star Lobby of the Bardo Arts Center, adjacent to the WCU Fine Art Museum. All events are free and open to the public.
Schwartzkopf focuses primarily on wheel-throwing and hand-building and includes functional objects in her creations. “I find it rewarding and challenging to make pots people will use. In my home growing up, handmade objects held special value,” she said. “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.”
Born and raised in Seattle, Schwartzkopf received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alaska and later received her master of fine arts from Penn State University. She has taught at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Ohio University and Massachusetts College of Art and Design and has given workshops throughout the United States.
Schwartzkopf’s visit is supported by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics and the Godfrey Fund for the Business of Crafts.
For more information, call Joan Byrd, ceramics professor in the WCU School of Art and Design, at 828-227-3595.