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Foreword by Josh DeWeese
Introduction

CHAPTER 1: GETTING STARTED
The Journey of a Potter
Tools Used in This Book
Featured Artist: Robbie Lobell
Techniques Used in This Book
Making and Using Templates
Olivia Tani, On Process
Tips for Successful Seams
Beginning Alterations

CHAPTER 2: GROWING AS A POTTER
Find a Fresh Viewpoint
Steve Godfrey, On Self-Critique
Finding and Using Inspiration
Defining Influences
Bottomless Cylinder
Oval Serving Tray
Altered Cylinder Vase
Large Vase
V-Shaped Bowl or Cone
Featured Artist: Jen Allen
Dessert Boat

CHAPTER 3: SMALL CHANGES FOR BIG IMPACT
Asymmetrical Slab Plate
Featured Artist: Taylor Sijan
Throwing a Plate
Trimming and Tap Centering
Altering Plate Shapes
Featured Artist: Sue Tirrell
Cake Stand
Decorative Edges

CHAPTER 4: EXPLORING BISQUE MOLDS
Bisque Molds
Small Spoons
Bud Vases
Throwing a Closed Form
The Cup
Goblet
Featured Artist: Hayne Bayless
Square-Footed Bowl
Butter Dish

CHAPTER 5: ADDING COMPLEXITY
Coiling an Asymmetrical Mold
Pitcher
Featured Artist: Zak Helenske
Juicer
Teapot
Marty Fielding, On Process
Oil Pourer

Templates
Resources
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Index

About the Author

Deb Schwartzkopf is a studio potter, instructor, and active community member of Seattle, Washington. She has taught at Ohio University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Washington, and University of Georgia's study abroad program in Cortona. She was named Ceramics Monthly and Ceramic Arts Dailys 2019 Artist of the Year, one of the most visible awards in the field. Deb has worked as an artist in residence nationally and internationally at the Archie Bray Foundation (MT), Mudflat Studios (MA), The Clay Studio (PA), Pottery Northwest (WA), Watershed (ME), Sanbao in Jingdezhen, China, and the Residency for Ceramics in Berlin, Germany. Since 2002, Deb has also taught widely at top ceramics centers including Penland School of Craft, Gaya Ceramics Center (Indonesia), and IARE (France). Her artwork is included in collections such as the Kamm Teapot Foundation, San Angelo Museum, and the WA State Arts Collection, among others. She has been included in numerous publications including Ceramic Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, and Studio Potter Magazine; has contributed to Red Clay Rambler Podcasts; is an active founding member of Objective Clay; has served as the Director of the Washington Clay Arts Association; and is currently a board member at Pottery Northwest. In 2013, Deb founded and launched what is now Rat City Studios, a community pottery studio where she offers adult classes, studio memberships, and opportunities for emerging artists: ratcitystudios.com.

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