Karen Kaufman Milstein

Clay from Fire: Healing, Judaica and more

Artist Type: Ceramics

Website Email: MidbarNM@aol.com

Contact: Karen Milstein at (505) 474-8011

Biography

With many years experience as a psychotherapist and educator, I integrate technologies and a world view from my training in two shamanic traditions, various energetic approaches, and my studies in Kabbalah into my healing work with my clients.
 
Then 10 or 12 years ago I began to study hand-building in clay, developing more physical means of manifesting my intuition and creativity. As I developed new perceptions and skills, healing images began to emerge here also, often depicting themes from my psychotherapy work such as balance, wholeness, chaos, complexity, emergence, brokenness and integration. I enjoy inviting randomness and chaos into my clay creations, stretching slabs to alter images and working with smoke and fire. Textures and images from nature and symbols related to spirit are often incorporated into my pieces. Masks and rattles frequently provide ideal forms for the expression of these themes.
 
More recently I have focused on making micaceous vessels. I love the feel of this clay and the hands-on immediacy of being able to smoke-fire it in my own fireplace or yard. I experience these containers as holders of nourishment and supporters of spirit. Some are of traditional form, and others more contemporary, often reflecting natural features and spiritual themes, sometimes in the form of Jewish ritual objects. I also enjoy saggar-firing white stoneware in foil, often being surprised and delighted by the colors and patterns which appear.
 
As Malka the Potter, my intention is for all my pieces, whatever their form, to embody a healing and spirit-elevating essence on a variety of levels.
 
My clay work has been shown in Santa Fe and surrounding areas over the past half-dozen years.

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