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 dolls (including mermaids!) with movable arms and legs as well as lizards, armadillos, frogs, turtles, and even some imaginary critters.

Working on animal parts (left) and assembling a doll (right).

The participants were fascinated with the process and were eager to try it out themselves.They spent time collaborating with each other, sharing ideas and creating their own unique figures. Most of the participants did not speak Spanish but they found a common language in clay and creativity.

Getting ready to cook gallo pinto and s’mores. Yum!

Migdalia and Angela also built a small wood-fired stove on which they cooked gallo pinto (rice and beans), which is a Nicaraguan staple, and s’mores, which, to some, are a North American staple!

Migdalia and Angela examining the soda-fired pots.
Migdalia and Angela examining the soda-fired pots.

After the workshop, Migdalia and Angela stayed at Adamah and attended a Soda Firing Workshop with Guillermo Cuellar and Ric Cox. In Loma Panda, Migdalie and Angela use colored slips for decoration and they burnish their work to a high shine before firing it once in a small, wood-fired kiln. Being able to participate in a soda firing was an excellent opportunity for them to try out new techniques that they will no doubt adapt to their needs once they get home.

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The soda-firing gang.

Loma Panda is one of the workshops that the annual Potters for Peace brigade visits. Here’s a great video about the potters of Loma Panda, the area in which they live, and their thoughts on visiting Adamah: