Water Filter Training Course

Our first Water Filter Training Course will take place from September 24 – October 5, 2018 at the Adamah Clay Studios in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA.

Potters for Peace, in partnership with educational specialists at the Center for Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology (CAWST), has developed this two-week intensive course which will be an excellent opportunity to learn how to establish a water filter factory from the ground up, improve an existing factory, or prepare to work globally to improve water quality.

A filter press

The course is designed  to

  • Train and support existing factory owners
  • Attract and guide new ceramic filter factory startups
  • Promote collaboration and communication between members of the filter community
  • Improve filter quality on a global scale, thus helping to reduce the global burden of diarrheal disease

By the end of the training, participants will be able to demonstrate what is involved in high quality ceramic filter production and explain what is involved in starting and maintaining a successful filter factory.

The course will stress both safety and quality control.

Here is a partial list of topics that will be covered:

  • How Water is Contaminated
  • Pathogens and Water Related Diseases
  • The Multi-barrier Approach
  • Point of Use Water Treatment Options
  • How to Make a Ceramic Pot Filter
  • How Ceramic Pot Filters Remove Pathogens
  • Raw Material Processing
  • Burn-Out Material Selection
  • Clay Selection
  • Formulating a Filter Recipe
  • Record Keeping
  • Filter Forming, Finishing and Identifiers
  • Machinery Overview
  • Filter Drying
  • Kiln Stacking and Firing
  • Quality Control
  • Microbiological Testing
  • Silver Application
  • Packaging and Loading
  • Troubleshooting
  • Health and Safety
  • Receptacle Selection
  • Filter Taps
  • Distribution Plans
  • End User Education
  • Filter Instructions and Maintenance
  • Equipment for Starting a Filter Factory
  • Floor Plan Development
  • Startup and Operational Costs
  • Financing Options
  • Business Models
  • Marketing and Sales Models

Kaira Wagoner, Ph.D., PfP
Justine Rayner, Ph.D., CFWG
Robert Pillers, PfP
Lisa Mitchell, CAWST

The course will be offered in English and there will be a maximum of 12 participants.

Tuition includes all meals during the course, plus lodging and local transportation from Madison, Wisconsin, to Adamah Clay Studios. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Madison, WI.

TUITION FEE: $3500US (includes room, board, and local travel). A limited number of partail scholarships are available.

LOCATION: Adamah Clay Studios, Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA

Adamah Clay Studios

LODGING: Accommodation is in modern, multiple occupancy rooms with adjoining bathrooms and air‐conditioning.

The dining hall at Adamah

For more information, download the course description here.

To register, download the registration form here.

The scholarship application form is here.


For registration, payment and scholarship information, please contact:
Jennifer Mally, executivedirector@pottersforpeace.org

For questions regarding course content, please contact:
Robert Pillers, robert@pottersforpeace.org