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. Sometimes I create healing rattles, which for me express the shaking awake of our consciousness, and provide those who use them with the opportunity to be playful. Often I carve images from nature and spirit on the rattles.
A more recent focus is 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! I experience these containers as holders of nourishment and supporters of spirit. Some are of traditional form, and others more contemporary and experimental. They are marvellous for cooking!
My intention is for all my pieces, whatever their form, to embody a healing and spirit-elevating quality.
Karen K. Milstein, PhD, LISW