DATES: August 21 to August 30, 2017
COST: $900 if registered by June 15, $975 after June 15
Join Potters for Peace for a 10-day Work Brigade to Loma Panda, Nicaragua. Loma Panda is a very small mountain settlement located in the municipality of San Lucas, in the department of Madriz. It is in northern Nicaragua, near the Honduras border and it is VERY remote.
In Loma Panda, we will work with a women’s ceramic cooperative. This special group of women is famous for creating whimsical figures and ceramic dolls with movable parts. We will spend most of the week helping them replace the deteriorated roof over their studio. Halfway through the week we will take a break and travel to Canon de Somoto, for a swim and to take in the breathtaking scenery.
All tools will be provided and no special experience is required. The tentative brigade schedule is as follows:
Aug 21 Arrival in Managua
Aug 22Travel to Loma Panda
Aug 23 – 28 Rebuilding roof in Loma Panda with a mid-week break to the Somoto Canyons
If you are attending NCECA or if you are in the Portland area between March 22 and March 24, be sure to visit the Potters for Peace show!
CLAY as our COMMON LANGUAGE
Tea bowls. Left, Warren McKenzie. Right, Scott Frankenberger.
An exhibition and sale of work by over 50 artists from the US and Nicaragua.
Wednesday, March 22 – Friday, March 24 10am – 5pm daily
Eastlund Hotel, 1021 NE Grand Avenue
6th floor, Perle & Galena Room
right across the street from NCECA Closing Reception Friday, March 24 5pm – 8pm
Proceeds from this sale will support our work around the world.
Here’s another preview of one of the donated pieces that will be available at the Potters for Peace exhibition and sale at NCECA 2017 in Portland.
The show is called CLAY AS OUR COMMON LANGUAGE.
Here are the details:
Eastlund Hotel, 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland
in the Perle & Galena room on the 6th floor Wednesday, March 22 – Friday March 25, 2017
10 am – 5 pm
Special closing reception will be on Friday from 5 pm – 8 pm on Friday
The Eastlund Hotel is directly across the street from NCECA
Thanks, Guillermo Cuellar, for your generous donation. Money raised will support Potters for Peace programs.
Here’s a recent video showing a couple of excellent Nicaraguan pottery teachers sharing their skills with other communities. The video was made by young Nicaraguan journalism graduates. The “strong arm” that Douglas is using to help him center and open the clay while throwing was designed, built and donated by Marc Geiger (marcsstudio.com) of Fairmont, New York. It is primarily used in the throwing of large filter receptacles (over 2 feet high) because it speeds up production and reduces wear and tear on the bodies of the potters.
Sharing skills and equipment is a guiding principle of Potters for Peace.
You’ll find wonderful new work by Nicaraguan potters from San Juan de Oriente, plus hundreds of donated pieces by regional potters of the Southwestern US. Please spread the word and help make this event a success!
Thanks, Elinor, for supporting Potters for Peace and the potters of Nicaragua!
Our wonderful, intrepid volunteer Elinor Maroney is back home in Washington after a year in Nicaragua. Once her brigade ended in February 2014, she re-visited each community to work intensively for one or two weeks. This type of peer to peer mentoring is invaluable to all artists, and particularly those who live in isolated villages as do the Nica potters we work with.
Throwing pots on a kick wheel while Teodora watches at El Calero
Trying Obvara raku with Pedro and Douglas in La Maysuta
Saying good-bye to Consuelo, Sindy and Isidro in Santa Rosa
This October Potters for Peace members Robert Pillers, Reynaldo Diaz and Kaira Wagoner will give a poster presentation at the 2012 Water and Health Conference: Science, Policy and Innovation. This is the second year that Potters for Peace has participated in the North Carolina-based conference. In 2011, the conference pulled in water and sanitation experts from over 30 countries. An even bigger turnout is expected this year, with keynote speakers such as Bai Mass Taal, Executive Secretary of the African Ministers Council on Water, and Tessie San Martin, CEO and Director of Plan International USA. To learn more about the conference go to http://whconference.unc.edu/.