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Joy Serves G*d in Joy as a passionate performing percussionist, poet, publisher, photographer, publicist, sound healer, spiritual guide, artist, gardener and Gemini. "Ivdu Et Hashem B'Simcha" -Psalm 100:2 ....... Joy Krauthammer, active in the Jewish Renewal, Feminist, and neo-Chasidic worlds for over three decades, kabbalistically leads Jewish women's life-cycle rituals. ... Workshops, and Bands are available for all Shuls, Sisterhoods, Rosh Chodeshes, Retreats, Concerts, Conferences & Festivals. ... My kavanah/intention is that my creative expressive gifts are inspirational, uplifting and joyous. In gratitude, I love doing mitzvot/good deeds, and connecting people in joy. In the zechut/merit of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, zt'l, I mamash love to help make our universe a smaller world, one REVEALING more spiritual consciousness, connection, compassion, and chesed/lovingkindness; to make visible the Face of the Divine... VIEW MY COMPLETE PROFILE and enjoy all offerings.... For BOOKINGS write: joyofwisdom1 at gmail.com, leave a COMMENT below, or call me. ... "Don't Postpone Joy" bear photo montage by Joy. Click to enlarge. BlesSings, Joy


ספירת העומר

Kabbalistic Sephirat Counting of the Omer day 19
Splendor and Awe in Harmony and Balance


- by Joy Krauthammer

When I was a potter,
some pots needed orphanages,
whether birthed or aborted, a mistake.
Too raw, I recycled them into
mud once more, back to the earth.
No ritual burial, no chanting Kaddish.

Kneading clay back to fertile birth
spinning centeredness and stillness
turning round and round
mound of moist mud
ecstasy through my embracing fingers
and all over my soaked
clay-caked body.
We were one.

Clay called to me,
"Come play with me, form me, caress me,
harden me, color me, use me, delight in me."

Vessels of ceramic beauty,
weird, altered, exploding pots
push past boundaries
and respond to my touch.

"In what fire will you finish me?
In what kiln will I cook?
Electric or Raku or Anagama?
Heat high my body -- transform me
until I am birthed firm and beautiful."

When I did what I loved,
and I loved what I did,
in delight and joy
night and day
on the potter's wheel,
although I didn't understand Oneness
I was Oneness.
No separation.
Then, I didn't know "G*d".
or did I?

Thank you, G*d,
for the glory of creation,
of immersion and joyous passion fulfilled.

Today I am a Pot
May my outer self portray
My inner self --
awakened, conscious, mindful
of the wholeness, the harmony,
the strength,
the character, the integrity,
and the honesty of a good pot,
half-filled or half-empty,
standing upright,
glazed or not.

Gaze upon me
or fill me with nature's treasures:
tea leaves, a sunflower, pebbles, a pod,
seashells, lavender buds, fruit, or a feather.

Discover even more pleasure
and truth
when you look inside.

"Surely G*d was in this (sacred) place, and I, I did not know."
"Achen Yesh HaShem, B'makom hazeh, v'anochi, lo yadati."
Parsha Vayetze, Genesis 28:16.

"Like the clay in the hand of the potter - he expands it at will - so are we in Your hand, O Preserver of loving-kindness..."
ArtScroll Yom Kippur Machzor, page 121, evening service.

"And now Hashem, You are our Creator, we are the clay and You are our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand." Isaiah 64:7
ArtScroll Siddur, page 127. Tachanun read before Torah, weekday mornings.

Otto Heino, potter extraordinaire, died July 2009. Otto showed me his first place, award winning pot from the International Ceramics show in Paris, and exclaimed to me that he "won FIRST PLACE because it was an HONEST POT" . That emet, truth has permeated my being. Today I held one of his baby pots.
TODAY I AM A POT  reprinted from "The Deronda Review" Vol. III.  No. I Fall-Winter 2009-2010
a journal of poetry and thought.  http://www.pointandcircumference.com/
 published in The Jewish Woman 2010

Published in American Ceramic Society, Design Chapter, ACS-DC Newsletter,
March 2013, Vol. 14, Issue 22, page 12.

Published in Huffington Post, Religion, Omer LiveBlog, Day 49, Malchut sh b'Malchut, May 14, 2013.

"TODAY I AM A POT" Aleph's KALLAH 2011, Univ. of Redlands, CA
"TODAY I AM A POT" Makom Ohr Shalom, Encino, CA
"TODAY I AM A POT" Opening of Sound and Light studio, Sherman Oaks, CA

MUD POT, ten second watercolor with Japanese brush at LACMA, by Joy Krauthammer, created to accompany Today I Am A Pot.

Joy Krauthammer
wheel-thrown pot
Joy Krauthammer, MBA, following Queens College, and before becoming a medical social worker, a weaver, sound healer, performing percussionist, publisher, poet, etc., received a Max Beckmann full scholarship for her graduate ceramics work at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. She continued her ceramics studies and exploration in California.

In the 1970's, Joy taught ceramics at Cooper Square Art School, NY, opened an arts school for the City of Los Angeles in the late 1980's, and taught ceramics for them and other schools. Favorite memories include 24/7 chopped-wood stoking the firing for her pots in the Anagama mountain kiln at ISOMATA, Idyllwild, San Jacinto Mountains, and belonging to the American Ceramics Society and travelling with 63 other divine potters to New Mexico to visit Indians on their sacred lands.

Joy's award winning art has been exhibited in many shows.

Before the 1994 Northridge earthquake struck her town, Joy thought that her beautiful pottery took up too much space and decided that if she became a drummer, the music would be "ethereal", taking up NO space. Joy has spent the last couple decades travelling around the world collecting drums for her performing as a spiritual percussonist. 

Joy wrote TODAY I AM A POT, because her soul still yearns to play in the mud, and her heart is touched by all the memories deeply shared for the last four decades with wonderful creative and talented pottery friends and teachers.
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Joy Krauthammer and her salt glazed wheel-thrown and altered pots.
Created at ISOMATA, USC's Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.

Joy's ANAGAMA experience is included in the "Ceramics Monthly", March

The ISOMATA mud gang, including Susan Peterson, obm, smiling behind me, in photo below so you can see me in my muddy potting apron in the front row. - Joy Krauthammer

Pot photos by Joy Krauthammer © 
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JOY Krauthammer, MBA said...

Thanks for visiting me here and reading about my passions. I'd love to hear from you.

Anonymous said...

My Dear Hart, thank you for being the conduit and blessed stream to a hope of miracles for our family. My Son, Lozi is having a medical crisis and I saw your lovely hands reassuring Me in this day of the Omer. The count is about looking ahead and proceeding forward to Promised days. HaShem choose you to inform us of the miracle of Life. May G_d continue to bestow upon you Joy everlasting and may your work be inscribed among our Sages and their work. In Blessed memory of all our Rebbetzins, my love always


JOY Krauthammer, MBA said...

Dear Zoraida,
On this 19 day of the Omer, I am praying to the Compassionate One for the harmonizing healing of your son, Lozi. May Lozi have a Refuah Shleymah, a complete and speedy healing. El Na ReFa Na La.
Thank you for writing.
BlesSings to you for Shalom,

Anonymous said...

Mar. 17
Today I am a Pot
Thank you for such a lovely affirmation! After a hard night's work, I find such joy in your writing. Thank you!
Anne Nault, Sudbury, ON, Canada

Anonymous said...

Mar. 23
What a wonderful soul you are, Joy
Hesha, Dallas-

Anonymous said...

Mar. 23
How beautiful.
Your poem brings so many visions and feelings alive. You are full of spirit and give strength to images that I have never before conceived of. Thank you.
I am blessed to be connected to you, my soul sister from Eden.
Ruth Weisz, El Cajon, CA

Anonymous said...

Mar. 24
Hello Joy,
What a joyful poem. What a joy to be immersed in the creative process so deeply. Thank you for your expression.
ruth gould goodman, Venice, CA

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Joy. How lovely that you are such a gifted writer, and that you share your gifts with all of us.


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