Maryam Kouhestani's 40 angels from "Clay in Her Hands"

Fatemeh Keshavarz, our guest in “The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi,” periodically distributes a personal newsletter sharing her thoughts and opinions on Iranian news, culture, and US-Iranian relations and politics. What I enjoy most about these newsletters are the visual elements she includes that highlight  photography, art, and multimedia features that you wouldn’t find in U.S. media.

Recently she included a link to a slideshow of Iranian women potters describing their art. One potter, Maryam Kouhestani, talks about her striking piece of figures worshiping behind 40 angels:

“…My angels are children who were born old. They all look rough. They have not experienced the tenderness of childhood, but deep down they are still children. One of my angels is trying to tell her fortune. I got this idea from the children there. Their lives are so much at the mercy of fate and random events that they are always trying to find out what will happen to them next.”

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Such beauty. Such skill. Such power.

I have been sitting here trying to think of words, and am still swimming in the emotions from listening to these women and seeing their art . I yearned to be in the same room, and to be able to see and experience their art in person, to walk around it. I am glad to have been able to listen to them tell of how the art came to be. I am glad that they are artists, and feel fortunate to have learned of them. Thank you.

I am an artist too. I know I will carry these images with me. I hope they will inspire me to put as much thought and insight into my own art.

Such power. Such insight. Such beauty. Such skill.

I am still swimming in the physical and emotional response I had to these works of art. I feel fortunate to have been able to see them and listen to the words of the artists, even through so limited a means as a computer screen. I wish I could have been in the same room, to see the art, to fully experience it, and to meet the women who created them.

I am an artist too. I know I will carry the inspiration of these women with me as I continue my search to express meaning in my own work. Thank you for allowing me to meet them.

How lovely, to know the hearts of such beautiful women through their art.

Maryam's Embrace figure was quite remarkable.

An incredible video of Iranian women and their journeys in pottery. It really establishes a connection, a sense of sisterhood and family. I want to meet each and every one of them!

Thank for information, I'm looking for it for a long time,

The slideshow of Iranian women potters is beautiful - both the women themselves and their art!