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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

Facebook: Potters Water Action Group
Instagram: @potters_water_action_group, #pwagiwfc
Twitter hashtag: #pwagiwfc

Conference Map

Local Hotels:
Fairfield Inn
Apple Butter Inn

Ground Transportation:
Airport Orbit

International Water Filter Conference sponsored by:

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.30.25 PM Slippery Rock University Potters Guild




Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.33.06 PMArts and Education at the Hoyt




Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.15.08 PMThe International Arts and Culture Series Committee Slippery Rock University


Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.17.23 PMNAACP New Castle Chapter




Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 3.35.02 PMSustainable Enterprise Accelerator Slippery Rock University



Transformational Experiences Slippery Rock University
Associate Provost Dr. Brad Wilson