Category Archives: Nicaragua

Days 3 & 4: Nicaraguan Journal

Started day 3 at Los Hervides de San Jacinto, bub­bling lava pits near the town of San Jacinto, where a small band of chil­dren acted as our “guides” while we wan­dered between steam jets and small pools of lava. After that we had a 20-minute drive to La Sabaneta, where Maritza, one of our brigadis­tas, […]

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Day 2: Nicaraguan Journal

Up early, lug­gage onto the top of the van (thanks to the tall peo­ple), then on to the AquaFiltro Filter Factory, a family-run busi­ness that makes clay fil­ters. The fil­ters are made from clay mixed with saw­dust that is then pressed into a mould that looks like a large flower pot. The fil­ters are dried […]

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DAY 1: Nicaraguan Journal

Potters for Peace is an NGO that works with sub­sis­tence pot­ters in Nicaragua and once a year they orga­nize a “brigade” of peo­ple, usu­ally pot­ters, from other coun­tries (mostly North America) who travel through the Nicaraguan coun­try­side to visit small pot­ter­ies there. I have travelled on the brigade twice, and both journeys were unfor­get­table. This […]

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Nooks and crannies can be evil

I tried out a couple of these little jugs with the idea that this might be a design that some of my potter friends in Nicaragua could use. The potters there have few tools and they wood-fire at a low temperature because they cannot afford to use a lot of wood or any electricity. Burnishing […]

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Wonky shelves

I got the idea for these clay shelves from the Loma Panda pottery in Nicaragua, a place that I visited last winter. The Loma Panda version included nine handmade mugs, three per shelf, but several of their “seconds” (the ones that warped when fired) were hung on the wall of the studio and filled with […]

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