Clay Studio Tour

Karen Milstein

First test:  Album Display

8 photo(s) Updated on: 17 Jan 2021
  • Vessel1 -- Size 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 4 1/2 -- Micaceous clay, smoke fired, with found wood root handle
  • From the Earth -- 5" x 12" x 5 3/4" high -- Micaceous clay, open-fired, with found wood and twine
  • Holding the Light -- Foil-fumed stoneware sculptural menorah -- 12 3/4" x 4" x 5 1/2" high
  • Micaceous Pot with Mask Lid -- 12 x 10 1/2 x 6 1/2"
  • Sahara Dunes lidded pot -- micaceous clay -- 9 3/4 x 9 x 6 3/4 inches -- $185
  • Petal Bowl -- 9" x 9" x 5" -- Micaceous clay, open-fired
  • Pitcher -- 7" x 5" x 7" high -- Burnished and smoke-fired micaceous clay
  • Smoke-fired micacous clay vase -- Coil-built, burnished, with turquoise -- The vase is 4 1/4" x 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" high

Artist Statement

Clay is a balancing and healing medium for me which provides an opportunity for work and play. This contrasts refreshingly with my professional work, training, and orientation as psychologist, psychotherapist and shaman/healer, which I also tremendously enjoy. However, the latter involves a great responsibility to others. As Malka the Potter, I can bring my healing intention and creativity into the physical world in a more spontaneous, immediate, and free fashion.

The process of creating with clay is enriched by my Kabbalistic understanding of the formative act as a reflection of the original creation of our universe. Over the past number of years, I have focused on making micaceous vessels. I love the feel and the very essential quality of this clay, along with the hands-on immediacy of being able to smoke-fire it in my own fireplace! In appearance it is very intriguing, with its subtle mica sparkles. I experience the containers I create as holders of nourishment and supporters of spirit. Some are of traditional form, and others more contemporary and experimental. They are marvelous for cooking!

More recently, I sometimes add found roots, turquoise and ancient Anasazi shards to my work, honoring the geography and history of the area where I began to work with clay.

My intention is for all my pieces, whatever their form, to embody a healing and spirit-elevating quality.

Contact Information

13 Blue Jay Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87506

Email: midbarnm@gmail.com

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