Join our August Work Brigade

Posted by Patty Osborne

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.

The potters of Loma Panda.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 22  Travel to Loma Panda
  • Aug 23 – 28 Rebuilding roof in Loma Panda with a mid-week break to the Somoto Canyons
  • Aug 29  Return to Managua
  • Aug 30 Departure day

Download our orientation packet.
Download our registration form.
Contact Robert Pillers ( for further information about brigade activities.

Visit our exhibition and sale at NCECA Portland

Posted by Patty Osborne

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!


Tea bowls. Left, Warren McKenzie. Right, Scott Frankenberger.

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.

Thanks to all the artists who donated their work.

Clay is Our Common Language: Guillermo Cuellar

Posted by caron bressan

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.

Guillermo Cuellar

Guillermo Cuellar


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.

Sharing skills, a guiding principle

Posted by Patty Osborne

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 ( 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.

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

Posted by Abby Silver

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.

Elinor in El Calero

Throwing pots on a kick wheel while Teodora watches at El Calero

Trying Obvara raku with Pedro and Douglas in La Maysuta

Trying Obvara raku with Pedro and Douglas in La Maysuta

Saying good-bye to Consuelo, Sindy and Isidro in Santa Rosa

Saying good-bye to Consuelo, Sindy and Isidro in Santa Rosa

Elinor, we wish you the best!




Abstract Accepted for 2012 Water and Health Conference

Posted by Kaira Wagoner

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