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I have been an actor and singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish music for many years, while supporting my family as a claims negotiator. After moving to Asheville, North Carolina, I was introduced to clay and the potter's wheel and knew this was my next journey.

What started out as an attempt to redirect my creative energy, so that I could continue to write, became a new way to express myself. As a lyricist or poet one creates the metaphor. But the act of forming the clay and firing the clay is the metaphor. Adamah, Hebrew for “earth”, Eish, “fire”. For me, the creation of each piece is an act of reclamation. I feel the clay, the earth, the adamah and it pulses with the soul of the Jewish people. I imagine reclaiming that adamah, forming it into something beautiful and useful and sending it back through the fire, not to destroy it, but to strengthen it. My work is functional…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 24
  • Joined April 21, 2009

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clay, glaze, oxides, porcelain, stoneware, soda fire, mid fire, high fire, copper, sterling silver, gemstones

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I have been an actor and singer/songwriter of contemporary Jewish music for many years, while supporting my family as a claims negotiator. After moving to Asheville, North Carolina, I was introduced to clay and the potter's wheel and knew this was my next journey.

What started out as an attempt to redirect my creative energy, so that I could continue to write, became a new way to express myself. As a lyricist or poet one creates the metaphor. But the act of forming the clay and firing the clay is the metaphor. Adamah, Hebrew for “earth”, Eish, “fire”. For me, the creation of each piece is an act of reclamation. I feel the clay, the earth, the adamah and it pulses with the soul of the Jewish people. I imagine reclaiming that adamah, forming it into something beautiful and useful and sending it back through the fire, not to destroy it, but to strengthen it. My work is functional and/or ceremonial, and designed for a Jewish home, but many pieces can be used is any home.

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