In 1981, the year that my daughter Eve was born, I started to make pottery at home. My pottery tells a story, my own "midrash." The stories are inspired by events in the bible and by the way Jewish lives are lived today. Work produced in the studio is sold under the name Irene Helitzer's Midrash Pottery. When I was an art teacher, I encouraged my students to challenge their creativity. Now, as a creator of Judaica, I encourage owners of my pieces to explore their Judaism by linking distant traditions with their contemporary lives.

My educational credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History; a Masters degree in painting from Pratt Institute; and many workshops with master studio potters. After my second daughter, Elizabeth, was born, I left a seventeen year career as a secondary school art teacher in order to focus on motherhood and Midrash Pottery. The kids and the pottery have developed beautifully, and all the while I keep thinking that the fun is just beginning!

In April, 2000 the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland awarded the Puzzle Seder Plate with a prize for design. Niche Magazine awarded the Passover Chess Set with a "Niche" award in Judaica at the February, 2002 Buyers Market of American Craft.