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Abby visits Nicaragua

Posted by Abby Silver
El Colero collective works on an order of 80 chicken water jars.

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 to grow their craft and expand their markets. They also continue to appreciate and count on the help we provide and we continue helping the scattered communities network with each other.

We have hired a wheel-throwing expert (Carlos Humberto Silva Espinosa) from La Naranja to teach the potters of El Ojoche and El Colero to throw.  We are helping the potters of Ducoale get clay from the nearby potters of La Maysute.  And so it goes, as these craftspeople strive to improve their work, to gain exposure to larger markets, and to learn from one another.  It was a privilege to see it with my own eyes.  I hope you enjoy a few of the many pictures I took along the way!

Unloading a kiln at Ducuale Grande.

Unloading a kiln at Ducuale Grande.

 

The potters of El Ojoche get a throwing lesson.

The potters of El Ojoche get a throwing lesson.

The new shop at Las Curenas.

The new shop at Las Curenas.

Work of the Loma Panda potters.

Work of the Loma Panda potters.

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