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 to prop the roof back up, but it’s in a precarious state and needs to be replaced before the next rainy season.

kiln shed at Ducuale
Left: kiln shed propped up with random poles. Right: closeup of damage to beam and post.
XXXXX of Ducuale decorates a pot using a mixture of slip and ash.
Doña Wilma Guavara of Ducuale decorates a pot using a mixture of slip and ash.

Because of Ducuale’s urgent need, we have decided to change our Annual Brigade, which usually tours around the country visiting the small potteries that Potters for Peace works with, into a partial “work brigade.” This means we will spend about half our time rebuilding the Ducuale kiln shed (and learning about their unique method of decorating their pots), and the rest of the time touring around and visiting other potteries as well as the town of San Juan de Oriente, the “village of pottery,” where it seems like every inhabitant is a potter.

If you want to help out at Ducuale AND meet potters in the remote Nicarguan countryside, you will really enjoy this brigade. You’ll find all the details here.