"The Mission of Rat City Studios is to engage and build community through clay – one person, one neighborhood, and one experience at a time. Rat City Studios is a place for innovative experiential learning, quality community classes, emerging artist opportunities, and working with clay. It is a place where people come together to learn and grow."
Rat City Studios began as Deb Schwartzkopf’s drive to have a personal studio where she could make work and hold workshops. As she mentored assistants it became clear that they needed a space to invest time in their individual artistic practice. In 2013, Deb purchased her home and studio in West Seattle. Rat City Studios has now evolved into a communal clay establishment. It is home to Deb’s production pottery studio, communal pottery education classroom, several semiprivate artist assistant studios, and kiln yard. Through these endeavors, people are brought together to connect with each other and feed their creativity.