Ron Rivera Hall



On behalf of the Craft potters association of Nigeria CPAN I write to thank PWAG for the financial support of a thousand Dollars towards the entrance door project of the Ron Rivera Hall. The Hall has three doors. Two on the frontage and one on the side leading to the rest rooms. The large 6ft by 7ft door will have a second door on the inside made of glass and aluminum. Please be patient with us we are moving forward. I shall keep you posted!
Thanks for everything!



IBK returns


Dear Chris
Thanks for picking me up at the airport. I’m so happy to be back in Pennsylvania. You know I was full of hopes on the flight from Lagos to Houston. To be able to meet great people who already made names in ceramics Water filter production. People like Lisa Balentine, like Maximo from Honduras, Radhames from Dominican Republic. Professor Manny Hamandes and of course the highly respected Mike Stubna. When the plane landed in Houston, some women began clapping their hands and I imagine they were clapping for me. The delay in my flight to Pittsburgh from Houston was worth it. I am here now. Received a warm welcome back to the pot shop at Slippery Rock University. I met friends from my last year visit and new friends too. Professor Tricia Bishop is in charge co ordinating logistics in a very friendly way. I noticed more potters wheels in the studio and much more action than last year. Mike Stubna brought the filter pressing machine assisted by Anthony DeRosa and others to assemble in readiness for tomorrow’s action. I able to meet two classes of students to share my experience and mission with them. Thanks for driving me down all the way to Slippery rock yesterday and I hope to see you at the conference

International Water Filter Conference


International Water Filter Conference
April 1 and 2, 2016
Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock Pennsylvania

This conference will present significant insight and opportunities to impact the worldwide health problem of drinking water pollution and create lasting change. All educators, students, community partners and the public at large are invited to attend, especially those with an interest in the role of art in promoting issues of global health and social justice. Through lectures and live demonstrations, an international diverse group of presenters will educate participants on health issues, filtration benefits and the role of ceramic arts technical and creative production in raising awareness of global waterborne diseases.

Jose Edgar Villalobos Enciso
Associate Professor, Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas, School of Civil Engineering,Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Facilitator of ceramic filters to rural and indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. 

Patricia Elke Rodríguez Schaeffer
Associate Professor, Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas, School of Civil Engineering, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Engineering Projects: Environment, Safety, Quality 
and Communication

Michael Stubna
Active in Ceramic filter production and research in Naaghdaha, 
Nepal and Turta Gutierrez, Mexico

Ibukunoluwa Ayoola (IBK) 
Master Potter, Managing Director of Atamora Pottery Osun State Nigeria (filter 
production and training center)

Maximo Andreus
Filtros Andreus, Sabanagrande, Honduras, and water filter 
producer/machine designer and fabricator

Lisa Ballantine
Founder of FilterPureFilters Dominican Republic.

Radhmes Carela
Master potter and director of AguaPure, Dominican Republic

Oscar Munoz
Executive director of the Colonias Project, Texas A&M University

Dr. Mark Meyer
President Shoulder to Shoulder Pittsburgh/San Jose

Ian Nettleship
Professor of engineering at the University of Pittsburgh

Marie Winter
Nurse Practitioner Steel City Missions

Richard Wukich
International Coordinator Potters Water Action Group

Christopher Rolinson
Professor of photojournalism at Point Park University, Documentarian/President Potters Water Action Group

Neal Harrison
Filter press fabricator/manufacturer. E.H. Schwab Company

Conference Schedule

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Instagram: @potters_water_action_group, #pwagiwfc
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Conference Map

Local Hotels:
Fairfield Inn
Apple Butter Inn

Ground Transportation:
Airport Orbit

International Water Filter Conference sponsored by:

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Transformational Experiences Slippery Rock University
Associate Provost Dr. Brad Wilson

Director’s Meeting


Dear Fr. Dick,

Much appreciation for all your recent efforts on the conference planning and logistics.

Today’s meeting at Oshogbo was well attended with the directors of all relevant ministries in attendance. I had a tough time with some new faces but we agreed the governor should visit Atamora before the conference. We called it the INSPECTION TOUR. Time and logistics may not allow the grand launching before the conference dates.

We agreed that my presentation at the conference should include resent collaboration with the government of Osun, to whom much is given, much is expected.

Ministry of Water resources is picking up Ten filters on Friday for laboratory testing.

I shall keep you posted as event unfold. Meanwhile the just concluded CPAN workshop was very successful the pictures are from the workshop in Atamora

I am looking forward to the conference!






An Update from IBK- University of Ibadan Visits Atamora


Dear All,

Much appreciation for all your efforts on the water filter project. Atamora will host eighty students from The University of Ibadan from Friday to Sunday. These are students from the sociology department. Their mission is to understudy the water filter project from production to distribution to help the way of life of rural dwellers and help them adapt to modern solutions and technologies. Atamora is now the ceramic resource center for the southwest of Nigeria, the Craft Potters Association of Nigeria (CPAN) and now the water filter factory. Apart from periodic workshops students come from all over the country to visit the factory at Atamora. These eighty students will be camping here in Atamora for three days.

We, in Nigeria, urgently need to develop our own glaze technology. Michael Cardew did a good research in Nigeria. Some of his efforts are documented in his book Pioneer Potter. His triaxial glaze system is very helpful for jungle potters like us.

The water filters naturally brought back our water pot business. Unglazed water pots becomes white and difficult to wash. We need a simple base glaze in the range of 1080 to 1100 centigrade. Things in Nigeria have gone backwards since the time of Cardew’s work, but we need to fast-forward things now. We need all the help we can get. Ceramic teachers in Nigeria buy imported glazes without adequate knowledge of character and purpose. We have feldspar, kaolin, ball clay, fine granite dust because of the quarry nearby. Borax is used for many purposes other than ceramics. All of that will change if we have the right technology to develop our own glaze. Unfortunately for us, we do not have the luxury of time.

Thanks for the blog on the project a lot more people now visit Atamora because of the information online!




Bumper Harvests



Dear Fr Dick
We loaded The big kiln yesterday with 250 filters and a few pots. By my estimate, the kiln will contain 300 filters if well arranged. We have to redesign our props to be a little wider and thicker to bear the weight of 11 filters on a stalk. Humidity is relatively high but we manage to find a way forward with wet sawdust and slows drying filters.

The big kiln firing was successful with 250 filters and a few pots in a single firing. Too much moisture in the air made the kiln steam like a steam locomotive even at 600 degrees centigrade. We pushed to 820 degrees centigrade. 220 filters came out clean. We had 30 casualties due to damp. So far today, the tested ones for flow rate gave between 1.5 to 2 liters of water per hour.



Fixing water one drop at a time.