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Deb Kaplan has been a “maker” since the age of 12 when she made her first dress. “Mom was convinced that a woman needed to know how to cook, (Italian, French, and Portuguese dishes), and sew.” Both the cooking and sewing were tremendous creative outlets and learning experiences.

At the age of 38 she started taking pottery classes. First in Steve Branfman’s studio and then a move to Connecticut and on to Silvermine Art Center. She ran the first student - faculty ceramic sale fundraiser and was the studio assistant. There she also met and took a class with Emma and Delores Lewis and Kathy Butterly and built a raku kiln with Steve Branfman.  

Then a move to New Jersey and a search revealed the wondrous Peters Valley School of Craft. She has taken ceramics workshops there for more than 12 years with international renowned potters such as Bruce Dehnert, Lana Wilson, Hayne Bayless, Paul Lewing, Janet Mansfield, Bennett Bean, Takeshi Yasuda, Josh DeWeese, and Susan Harris.