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Upcoming Gallery Show in Portland during NCECA (March 22-24) – updated artist list

Potters for Peace is proud to host an exhibition and sale during the 2017 Portland NCECA.  The show, titled Clay As Our Common Language will feature work by over 50 artists from around the US and Nicaragua. Border Walls VII by Penny Truitt            … Continue Reading

WaSH Training Opportunity at NC Conference

Delivering Effective WASH Training Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 15 – 19, 2016 Would you like to become a fantastic facilitator of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) training? The Delivering Effective WASH Training (DEWT) workshop is for you.   This workshop gives you the knowledge and skills you need… Continue Reading

Project Irrigation Pots

We are happy to announce that we have started a new project with two communities near Jiquilillo in the department of Chinandega, Nicaragua. Recently, Doñas Lilliam and Rosa Alpedia from El Ojoche spent three days teaching eight women the basics of making irrigation pots, or cantaros. Cantaros are lidded vases… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 7 (Monday July 4th)

The project is completed!!!  Click through to see pictures…. The finishing touch:  whitewashing the kiln Group picture…great job team! Adios amigos!… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 6 (Sunday July 3)

The finishing touches…. Built screens to sieve the clay to make a fine mortar to built the kiln roof. Kit and James are using the sieves. Took a walk and saw this pig on the road just taking a nap in a mud puddle!… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 5 (Saturday July 2)

The kiln shed gets a roof, and the kiln walls are done. The kiln roof will be finished tomorrow. Carlos’s studio has a beautiful flowering tree full of butterflies. Oscar the stone carver in San Juan de Limay took the group on a hike up… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 4 (Friday July 1)

Another day, and more giant steps forward! Constructed the first half of the chimney today.  The challenge of tying the old kiln and the new kiln together in one chimney required some fancy brick work! Another view of the kiln and the first few feet of… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 3 (Thursday June 30)

The project is moving quickly ahead, and everyone seems to be having a ton of fun! Don Hall is our master brick cutter! He is using a machete to custom cut bricks for the kiln. The kiln is getting close to its finished height, the kiln… Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 2 (Wednesday June 29)

On Wednesday the men constructed the main beams of the kiln shed. The women and Robert are working on the kiln. The kiln has been built up to the floor plus to the channel into the shared chimney. See pix when you click through.. Continue Reading

Work Brigade 2016 – Day 1 (Tuesday June 28)

The work brigade arrived in Nicaragua on Monday June 27, and hit the ground running on Tuesday.   Breakfast in Managua with the group.   Buying food for the week at the local market Stopping at an… Continue Reading

PFP inspires 4th Grade Poet

Board member Michael Standley gave a talk to several 4th grade classes in Portland OR about our filter and Nicaragua programs.   After the presentation about the water filter, he described how rural potters improve their lives by selling their pottery, and how we’ve worked with many generations of potters in… Continue Reading

Potters for Peace mourns the death of long-time volunteer Sue Howell

Sue was a much-loved member of the PFP community, and we will miss her!  She was an important volunteer, serving as the Denver Sale coordinator for 20 years, and was always enthusiastic to do outreach and contribute in other ways as well.  Her firm and positive commitment to our… Continue Reading

El Calero-Day 4….SUCCESS!!!

Four days of hard work pays off!  The completed kiln shed looks fabulous, and is built to last, with steel construction certain to thwart even the most hardy of termites!  Congrats to the whole crew!!! Until next time….. Continue Reading

Day 3 in El Calero – getting close

The crew is making great progress!  Only one day left to get the roof on…. Continue Reading

Day 2 at El Calero – Progress…

Day 2, and things are moving along.  Click through to see pictures of the progress!… Continue Reading

Work Brigade Builds Kiln Shed at El Calero – GOING UP!

Our first-ever Work Brigade started rebuilding the kiln shed on November 24th. The old termite-ridden shed had already been taken down so we’re moving forward! Click to see pix, and stay tuned for more pics tomorrow. Continue Reading

PFP Benefit Sale in Santa Fe Oct 3-4…Spread the word!

Visit Santa Fe Clay from 9am – 5pm on Sat. Oct 3 and Sunday Oct 4. 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… Continue Reading

Thanks to Hamilton (Ontario) Potter’s Guild

Potters for Peace would like to thank the Hamilton Potter’s Guild (http://www.hamiltonpotters.ca/) for a generous grant to help the potters of El Ojoche, Nicaragua.  The funds will go to help complete their new workshop, which still lacks doors and windows.  Any remaining funds will go towards their wheel-throwing training,… Continue Reading

Thanks Elinor! And best wishes to all for a wonderful 2015!

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… Continue Reading

Documenting the last surviving Motu Potter in Boera Village

Tomás Dietz  is and Australian-born a flamenco dancer/teacher by profession who has  Scottish, German and Motu (Papua New Guinea) heritage. Tomás is raising money to document the Motu ceramic tradition.  To contribute to his efforts, follow this link:  http://igg.me/at/motupottery/x/434542 Vabu Lohia Muri— ​Boio​ ​Moi​—​the last surviving… Continue Reading

The Potter Writes Again – Elinor in Nicaragua

Intrepid PFP volunteer Elinor Maroney is in the home stretch of her year working with Nicaraguan potters.  The following is excerpted from her full blog post at http://www.nicaragua-community.com/potter-writes/ . When I arrived at the studio [in La Maysuta] Don Domingo was not there, but the three other potters were….We… Continue Reading

Filter Demo + PFP featured at Moore College in Philadelphia

PFP filter specialist Mike Stubna will be conducting a filter making demo at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, in conjunction with an exhibition at Moore College that features the filter. FREE WORKSHOP:  August 1, 5pm – 8pm  http://www.theclaystudio.org/participate/events.php?id=513 EXHIBITION:  Interchange at Moore College of Art & Design Goldie Paley Gallery  June… Continue Reading

Peter Chartrand’s Progress

As regular readers will know, a long-time member of Potters for Peace, and our previous US Director, Peter Chartrand, has encountered some health issues, but things are looking up. Here’s what Peter wrote recently: “I’m doing well, responding to my chemo program with cancer indicators going steadily down and my… Continue Reading

El Ojoche- making adobe bricks

Elinor Maroney is spending a year volunteering with the Nicaragua program.  We will be posting excerpts from Elinor’s journal.   At the time of this writing, she is in the remote village of El Ojoche helping the potters with their throwing skills.  I have excerpted a section about making new adobe… Continue Reading

2014 Brigade Blog by Ann Schunior – part 5, Pre-Columbian pottery

I found this sentence in a blog recently: Ceramics and pottery is a large and historical tradition in Nicaragua. The history of pottery dates back to the Spanish Conquest, 2,500 years ago. (http://nicaraguaviva.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/ceramics-pottery/) I gasp at the mistakes, grammatical and factual in those two sentences, but pottery had a tradition in… Continue Reading

We loved seeing you at NCECA!

NCECA 2014 is now history! Thanks to all who stopped by our booth and supported us in any way. Special thanks goes out to the following generous clay suppliers, who collectively donated over $1200 worth of tools and supplies for our Nicaraguan communities: Cedar Height Clay – Resco Ceramics: Art… Continue Reading

2014 Brigade Blog by Ann Schunior – Part 4, Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa is one of the few agrarian co-operatives remaining from the Sandinista era. The co-op was formed in the ’80s by 30 families who had been displaced by the terror and chaos of the insurrection against Somoza and the US involvement. (Remember the Iran-Contra affair?) Today it consists of… Continue Reading

Ann Schunior Blog, Post #3 – Loma Ponda

Loma Ponda: On the top of a mountain, an hour from Somoto, about a kilometer from the Honduran border. We travel by pick-up truck because the roads are too bad for the van. Then about a mile’s hike to the top of the mountain because the final road washed out… Continue Reading

Brigade 2014 blog by Ann Schunior – part 2

Nicaragua post 2: The resist and smoke decorations of the Ducuale Grande pottery co-operative near Condega. The women use chicken feathers to apply a resist design of clay mixed with ashes on already-fired pieces. The pots are carefully placed back in the kiln and smoked for a few minutes. The… Continue Reading

Brigade 2014 blog by Ann Schunior – part 1

Ann Schunior, one of the 2014 Brigadistas to Nicaragua, has put together some fabulous posts about the trip.  We’re sharing them with your on our blog, about one a week, so keep checking back for more of her insights and pictures!  Read on….. I’m back from 2 weeks in Nicragua… Continue Reading

MIT’s Susan Murcott brings ceramic filters to Ghana

This article is from MITnews: In the World: A long haul to bring clean water to developing nations MIT’s Susan Murcott expands ceramic-filter production to three continents, bringing jobs and curbing disease. David L. Chandler, MIT News Office Pure Home Water has reached more than 100,000 poor rural women, children,… Continue Reading

PfP Reps attend the 2013 Water and Health Conference at UNC

In October, Abby Silver, Robert Pillers and Kaira Wagoner represented Potters for Peace at the 2013 Water and Health Conference: Where Science Meets Policy, hosted by the University of North Carolina. The conference was a good opportunity for networking with other Water Sanitation and Health (WaSH) practitioners. At… Continue Reading

Potters for Peace in the news

Board member Haddie Hadachek of Black Bear Pottery in Brainerd, Minnesota, talks about Potters for Peace on her local TV news show. Click through on the title above to watch this 3-minute video. Continue Reading

Abby visits Nicaragua

El Colero collective works on an order of 80 chicken water jars. I went to Nicaragua in late June to visit our artisans and meet with our in-country staff.  It was an amazing time in an amazing, beautiful country traveling with and meeting wonderful people. The artists in every community… Continue Reading

Young Artists Promote Clean Drinking Water & PFP

A huge thank you to the members of the Briggs Elementary School art club in Florence South Carolina for their educational and fundraising efforts!  With the guidance of their art teacher, these 3rd to 6th graders chose to educate their community this year about the need for clean water and… Continue Reading