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Happy World Water Day!

On this important day we’re sending you an update on our water filter work. Our first-ever Ceramic Water Filter Production Course was held last August at Adamah Clay Studios in Wisconsin and since then, several of the participants have been able to move ahead with establishing filter factories. This summer… Continue Reading

Our Water Filter Production Training Course was a big success!

In September, 2018, Potters for Peace, in partnership with the Center for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology (CAWST), offered our first Ceramic Water Filter (CWF) Production Course at the Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, WI. It was a huge success! Eleven people from all over the world came together to… Continue Reading

Let’s give the potters of Nicaragua some extra support!

If you’ve been following the news lately you’ll know that there is a lot of political unrest in Nicaragua. Roadblocks and protests are preventing food and fuel from reaching the markets and the potters are not able to sell their work through the usual channels. Potters for Peace would like… Continue Reading

Venue finalized for our first Ceramic Water Filter Course

We are please to announce that we have finalized the venue for our first-ever hands-on Ceramic Water Filter Course which will take place from September 24 – October 5, 2018. The new venue is Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA. We have collaborated with Adamah in the past and… Continue Reading

Signs of Life: Images formed from Words and Clay

Gerri Frager’s book, Signs of Life: Images formed from Words and Clay, has just been published by Pottersfield Press and Gerri has generously offered to donate her royalties from book sales to Potters for Peace! Gerri has spent much of her life working with critically ill infants and children and… Continue Reading

We did it (almost)!

Carlos and family Fatima’s kiln completed Tres amigos Working with Mom Small helper Carlos’s kids 15-minute kiln shed Victor’s family With the help of local residents and seven volunteers from the US and Canada,… Continue Reading

Update on San Juan de Oriente Kiln Blitz

As of April 11, our intrepid band of gringos and Nicaraguans have completed 9 Dugui kilns—only 6 more to go. Work is also going well on the three big kilns. Some of our gringo volunteers have left but others have arrived so the work is still going strong. Here are… Continue Reading

Kiln-Building Blitz in San Juan de Oriente

Our intrepid Nicaraguan staff, Robert and Alvaro, have launched a kiln-building blitz in the village of San Juan de Oriente. In partnership with two Nicaraguan NGOs—FASOC (The Support Fund for Civil Society in Nicaragua)  and APRODIN (Association of Promoters and Defenders of the Indigenous Rights of Nicaragua)—Potters for Peace will… Continue Reading

Potters for Peace Etsy Store Reopens

Beautiful ceramic necklaces and bracelets are now available in the Potters for Peace Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/people/potters4peace Made in Nicaragua from naturally colored clay and intricately decorated by hand, these are the work of highly skilled artisans. Simple and elegant. There are some really nice items here,… Continue Reading

Bislig City Water Project

David and Lea Ruby Nadle and their daughter. David and Lea Ruby Nadle live with their young daughter in Bislig City on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Bislig City has about 30,000 people with another 100,000 living in the surrounding rural area. There is ample water, but it… Continue Reading

Giving Tuesday: A great time to make a donation

In honour of Giving Tuesday, we hope you will consider making a donation to Potters for Peace. We rely on individual donations to fund our work with the potters of Nicaragua and with water filter factories around the world. You help is greatly appreciated. Donate online through Paypal… Continue Reading

Join our January Brigade

We are pleased to announce the dates for our January 2018 Brigade. From January 20 to Feb 3, brigadistas will travel throughout rural Nicaragua, visiting pottery workshops, learning about our ceramic filter project, buying pots and getting their hands dirty. The cost is $1800US which covers all travel, accommodation and… Continue Reading

Adamah’s Whimsical Weekend Workshop

Six participants joined potters Migdalia de Sorcorro Perez Munoz and Angela Munoz Hernandez of Loma Panda, Nicaragua, for a two-day workshop making innovative ceramic figures. The workshop was held at Adamah Art Studio at Bethel Horizons in Wisconsin. Midgalia and Angela demonstrated how to make their signature… Continue Reading

Join our August Work Brigade

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… Continue Reading

Water filters finally make it to Camaguey, Cuba

Ron Rivera in one of the many countries he provided technical assistance for setting up filter factories. It took more than a decade to produce water filters in Camaguey, Cuba, even though the province has a long tradition of making ceramics. In 2000, two Cuban representatives visited Ron Rivera in… Continue Reading

Visit our exhibition and sale at NCECA Portland

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… Continue Reading

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

Brigade 2017: Working and Playing

MONDAY: The brigade stopped at La Maysuta and “played in the mud” and then it was on to Santa Rosa where we had enough time to lay out the base of a new kiln before ­stopping for dinner and then retiring to our homestays. Laying the foundation. TUESDAY: We built… Continue Reading

Brigade 2017: We got ‘er done!

FRIDAY: In spite of being without power for a few hours, we still managed to get the large shed totally welded up and painted, and put chimneys on two of the kilns. If we can get some consistent power, we have a shot at finishing on time. SATURDAY: We… Continue Reading

Brigade 2017 report from Ducuale

This week the 2017 Brigade is building a new kiln shed at Ducuale because the previous shed collapsed in the heavy rains. This time the shed is being framed with metal which should last a good long time. On Day 1, the brigade completed most of the framing. On… Continue Reading

Clay is Our Common Language: Guillermo Cuellar

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 The show is called CLAY AS OUR COMMON LANGUAGE. Here are the details: Eastlund Hotel, 1021 NE Grand Avenue, Portland… Continue Reading

Our annual brigade will help out after heavy rains damage Ducuale’s kiln shed

Before we had solidified our plans for our annual Brigade, we got a call from the potters of Ducuale who told us that heavy rains had knocked down their kiln shed. The shed is a simple wooden structure that holds up a clay tile roof. The potters at Ducuale managed… Continue Reading

How do we make our plans a reality?

Our annual meeting was held at the home of Peter Jackson (our chair) in rural Wisconsin. The board of Potters for Peace has ambitious plans for expanding the Water Filter Project, and at our annual meeting in late October we brainstormed ways that we can make these plans a reality. Continue Reading

Inspirational Words from Peter Seeger

In 1977 we sent Pete Seeger a standard fundraising letter and we received this letter back. Pete’s letter was posted on our blog back in Feb 2014 but we’ve brought it back in the hopes that his words might offer inspiration and guidance in these troubled times. Continue Reading

Spotlight on a Factory: Filtrao Factory, Cote D’Ivoire

The Filtrao Factory (filtrao.org) was established by Kouakou Ahuié in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire on September 15, 2010. Ahuié started the project as part of the activities of an association called N-CHRIST, of which he is the founder and chairman.  The Filtrao filter project is a… 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

The 2016 Brigade: my best brigade so far

This was my third brigade to Nicaragua and it seems that they just keep getting better and better. Our first day featured a visit to Filtron, a ceramic water filter factory where we tried out the filter press and watched an engrossing presentation on the PFP Ceramic Water Filter Program… Continue Reading

Clean Water for Paraguay: You Can Help!

In order to provide access to clean drinking water to over 100,000 indigenous villagers in Paraguay, PFP is partnering with Global Giving to help the TEMHA filter factory accomplish a critically-needed scale up. Please SUPPORT US! We MUST complete our goal with GlobalGiving to continue… Continue Reading

Clay is our vehicle, not our destination: a message from our Nicaraguan Director

Two years ago, Potters for Peace lost the lease on our office in Managua. Rather than search for another office, we built a small workshop and storage area adjacent to our house in Ticuantepe. Our fully-equipped workspace has allowed us to make the potters’ wheels, worktables, and other tools and… 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

How Profit Can Power a Clean Water Program

Here’s an interesting model for a successful ceramic water filter distribution program. Like many social enterprises, Ecofiltro started out wanting to help the rural poor in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America get access to clean water without much thought to making money. But CEO Philip Wilson soon realized that… 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

“No one wants a product that is designed for the poor”

Find out what cellphone companies can teach us about marketing household water filters in this thought-provoking video. Thanks to our friends from Potters Without Borders for sending us the link. 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

A Tale of Two Nicaraguan Piggy Banks

Clay piggy banks are a tradition in Nicaragua and it is not unusual to see an entire kiln load of them. I was told that Nica children receive clay piggy banks (without holes in the bottom) on their birthdays and at the end of the year they break them, spend… Continue Reading

Sad news about Peder Kolind, founder of Mi Museo

Peder Kolind, founder of Mi Museo in Granada, Nicaragua. It’s a sad time in Nicaragua as Danish-born Peder Kolind, who established Mi Museo (among his many other projects), passes. Mi Museo, houses Kolind’s pri­vate col­lec­tion of pre-Columbian pot­tery and arti­facts, including fertility icons, jew­el­ery, volup­tuous funeral urns… Continue Reading

Join our first-ever Fall Work Brigade!

Potters for Peace is pleased to announce that, due to many requests from our supporters, we are organizing a shorter, more intensive brigade that we are calling a Work Brigade. Our first Work Brigade, which will be 6 days long, will take place from November 22 to 28, 2015. Description… Continue Reading

Watch “Road to Hope” on Youtube

Now everyone can watch “Road to Hope,” the heartwarming video about how and why Potters for Peace was established and how the people of Nicaragua have benefited from our help. It includes interviews with the founders of PfP, with the late Ron Rivera and with some of the many potters… 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

New Filter Factory in India

Michelle Zucker, a student at Penn State, and Emily Saunders, a student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, have won US$10,000 and up to US$25,000 of in-kind staff time to support implementation of a project in India that will reactivate an abandoned factory as a water filter factory and a… Continue Reading

CLEAN WATER FOR ALL update

We’re almost 1/4 of the way to our goal of raising $10,000! Please donate today! Any donation, small or large, will help us reach our goal. Here’s the link: https://fundly.com/clean-water-for-all… Continue Reading

Join our Fundraising Campaign: Clean Water for All

We’ve just launched a special fundraising campaign that we’re calling CLEAN WATER FOR ALL and we hope that everyone out there will help us spread the word. Funds from this campaign will go toward establishing more filter factories throughout the world and sending a delegate to the 2015 World Water… 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… 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

Cambodia filter factory fulfilling Ron Rivera’s dream

A brief report by Ron’s daughter, Ana Gabriela Power, about a visit she made to a factory in Cambodia: Today I visited one of the water filter factory in Cambodia, the one that was named in memory of Ron. The factory is a social enterprise, and goes from manufacturing the… 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… 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

Pete Seeger: advice from a legendary activist

In 1997 we sent Pete Seeger a fundraising letter and he wrote back to us with some sage advice that we pull out from time to time when the going gets tough. Thanks for your support, Pete. We’ll miss you, for your terrific music and for so much more. 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

Lenca pottery, Magu Cooperative, Honduras

One of the groups we’ve given technical assistance to is the Magu Cooperativa in La Arada, Honduras near the border with El Salvador. They are keeping the Lenca tradition alive and well with their beautiful pieces using the traditional Lenca clay resist technique. They have grown in to a new… Continue Reading

Cooperativa San Expedicto, Jinotega, Nicaragua

Cooperativa San Expedicto is a pottery co-op of women making black pottery in the style of Mata Ortiz, Mexico with a beautiful, rich black luster surface. This is a new group we are working with in the Department of Jinotega. Recently we had a workshop for the women in design… Continue Reading

Latest pictures from the Mokondini Women’s Pottery Cooperative

Finishing up his work in Ha-Mashamba, Limpopo, South Africa working with the Mokondini Women’s Potter in partnership with the University of Virginia and University of Venda in South Africa,  Peter Chartrand sent on pictures of his work building a kiln for the group and working on clay/burn out material formulas… Continue Reading

PfP at NCECA 2012

Board members and volunteers staff our tables at NCECA 2012. At the Potters for Peace tables at NCECA 2012 in Seattle, board members and volunteers spent the weekend fundraising and exchanging ideas and information with the many people who visited us. This is always a good fundraising opportunity and to… Continue Reading