online workshops with Deb Schwartzkopf

Coffee (or Tea) & Clay – SIX WEEKS Series
Mondays June 1st-July 6th at 1PM PST/ 4pm EST/ 9PM CET – Duration: 2 hours with Q&A
Anyone who registers for all six, in the Coffee & Clay series,
will receive a
$50 Off Coupon Code for Deb’s Online Pottery Shop.

June 15th, Week Three: Creamers ( Link for Registration ) $35
June 22nd, Week Four: Sugar Jars ( Link for Registration ) $35
June 29th & July 6th, Weeks Five & Six: Teapots ( Link for Registration ) $65 for both days

Join this multi-Monday workshop as we take a deep dive into cups, sugar creamers, pour-overs, and teapots/ coffee service items! There will be demos on both wheel throwing and handbuilding options. Chat in your questions during this live streamed series. You will have access to the videos until the end of July, so don’t worry about missing a live session… Watch then at your own speed in the comfort of your studio or easy chair! Both wheel throwing and hand building techniques will be showcased! Come join the fun!

Creative Pottery – Chapter by Chapter Seminar Series ( Coming Soon! ) Probably beginning July 1st.
My new book is almost here! June 2nd it should be on shelves… Purchase Now!
I am going to talk through each section and project with participants in this multi-day seminar. Some days there will be presentations about inspirations in powerpoint/conversation format. Other days will be more demo focused. Come along with me on this journey through my book – Creative Pottery: InnovativeTechniques and Experimental Designs in Thrown and Handbuilt Ceramics.

Work Along Workshops – LIVE-Streamed online via Zoom

Hang & Handbuild: Vases ( Coming Soon! )
Thursday Evenings at 5pm
Join this one hour workshop where you will be led step by step in making a vase using slabs.
You will need to supply your own tools and clay. Please prepare your clay ahead of time with that you can work alongside Deb as she constructs.


online workshop with Madoda Fani and Andile Dyalvane

Please join us this Coming Monday 22June 2020 14:00 South African time. – please see Details below. 👇🏾

Madoda Fani and Andile Dyalvane’s twenty year old friendship is a testament to brotherhood and one that celebrates a passion for clay. Fani focuses on various coiling techniques and finishes he incorporates in his practice while Dyalvane supports with enquiry in this workshop.

Born in 1975, Madoda Fani grew up in Gugulethu township in Cape Town and discovered his love of clay as a fine art student at Sivuyile College. He worked as a ceramic painter in various pottery studios, gradually developing his own pieces and style. In 2000, his work was selected for the Salon Internationale de l’Artisanat de Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. There he met the ceramicist Simon Masilo, who introduced him to smoke-firing. In 2009, he moved to Johannesburg and began to deepen his craft at the Kim Sacks School of Ceramics. He learned how to burnish clay with a stone from Jabu Nala, the daughter of legendary Zulu beer–pot maker Nesta Nala, and mastered smoke-firing techniques under the guidance of Nic Sithole.

Who is it for

For anyone interested in working with clay, curious about the creative processes and willing to learn. Artists, designers and creative communities who want to expand their knowledge of ceramics and those who want to experience clay meditations.

What you need

You need not have any previous knowledge albeit jargon familiarity may come in handy when questions are asks by the audience. An eagerness to discover the creative process of ceramics is essential.

Materials Needed: Attention and your hands, a notebook or sketchbook, pencil, clay, air dry clay or play dough, a round wooden board (bread board size will do) or round bat.

Zoom with Janice Jakielski and Joshua Persky


Cost: Free for Harvard Undergraduates. $25.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff and Adult Community.

Note: All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom. Questions? Feel free to email Kathy King, Director at

Artist Biographies:

Janice Jakielski received her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from New York State College of Ceramic Art and Design at Alfred University.  She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the; The Society of Art and Craft, Boston, MA, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington DC, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR and the Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY. Jakielski has participated in numerous residencies such as the Archie Bray Foundation, Roswell Artist in Residency, Djerassi and Millay Colony for the Arts.  She is a recent recipient of a 2019 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Jakielski has a studio, laboratory and apiary in Sutton, MA.

Joshua Persky received his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. During his time at Alfred he also pursued studies in ceramic art and glassblowing. As an engineer he has developed high tech ceramic solutions for turbine blades for Pratt and Whitney, and high temperature ceramic applications and fuel cells at CoorsTek. In his previous role as the Director of Fuel Cell Materials at Protonex Technology, Persky developed and managed innovative material solutions and processes for solid oxide fuel cells with a primary focus on cell and stack components. He has managed multiple government funded product development programs including a successful phase I and phase II SBIR from NASA, where he created an innovative high surface area lamellar structured SOFC anode support. Joshua holds multiple patents in his field. Currently as the CEO and COO of Low Emissions Resources -Global, he and his team are developing ceramic reactors to generate cost effective Hydrogen from renewable energy.

Find out more HERE.

Everson Object Study: Howard Kottler

Garth Johnson; “Howard Kottler is important to me in SO many ways… but I was surprised to find out when I started at the Everson Museum of Art that he endowed the museum with a fund that allows us to purchase the work of young artists. Join me on Friday, June 5th for a 1pm conversation about Kottler’s life and work with special guests Judith Schwartz and Paul Kotula projects.

As a special treat, I’ll be back at the museum for the first time since quarantine began, and I’ll be showing objects from our collection, as well as “The Old Bag Next Door is Nuts”, which is still on loan from Judith Schwartz. Judy has also unearthed a trove of images of Howard, his work, and his collections that haven’t been seen publicly… at least in a long time.”

Everson Object Study: Howard Kottler
June 5th, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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