Potters for Peace is a non-profit, social justice organization focusing on the use of clay to the address problems of "the poverty trap". Potters for Peace's methods rely upon community-oriented planning and community-involved action. We eschew the project-oriented view of traditional charities in favor of a relationship-based, community service model. Our relationships with the communities we support, some of whom we have accompanied since our beginning in 1986, are now partnerships where our desire is to lovingly nurture their growth, both artistically and personally.

Potters for Peace values:


  • Peace, not Conflict

  • Social Justice, not Oppression

  • Personal Empowerment, not Dependency

  • Economic Independence, not Poverty

  • Self-Sufficiency, not Charity

  • Clean Water, not Disease

  • Community Accompaniment, not Short-term Projects

  • Sustainability, not Environmental Destruction

  • Clean Water is a Human Right



Potters for Peace believes in:


  • The power of the individual to change her life

  • The power of the individual to change the system

  • The power of cooperation (working together).

  • The power of Cultural Traditions

  • Love


Potters for Peace offers support, solidarity and friendship to Nicaraguan potters in order to help them preserve their local traditions and become economically independent. The vast majority of potters in Nicaragua are rural women who benefit from business education, collaboration with other potters and access to tools, equipment and technical advice.

Potters for Peace works with partners around the world to help bring access to clean drinking water to the poorest of the poor - in keeping with our belief that clean water is a human right. As potters, we are uniquely gifted with the knowledge to create ceramic water filters which can remove 99.99% of bacteria in a contaminated water source. Our mission is to share this knowledge by training our partners to make filters in their own local sustainable micro-enterprise. We do this by offering on-the ground assistance with filter factory set-ups world-wide, as well as two-week, hands-on ceramic water filter training courses, and free online technical consultations.


Potters for Peace hosts brigades to various countries to enable cultural exchanges between potters and people interested in ceramic water filters.  Participants visit and work with potters in their studios and homes, learning about their culture and ceramic traditions, and confronting the realities of being a potter in the developing world. We also visit working filter factories when possible and see first-hand the impact filters have on the communities. These two-week tours covers spectacular areas of the host country, with translation, accommodations, food, and in-country transportation provided.


Additionally, at least once a year, we offer a shorter “work brigade” experiences in which we spend an extended period of time in a community, focusing on large projects such as building kilns and kiln sheds, and helping at factories.


For our next scheduled brigade, please contact Jennifer Mally at:



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