Friday August 17, 2007

Potters for Peace

The Rike Center Gallery at the University of Dayton will host Potters for Peace, a nationwide pottery exhibition that aims to raise awareness about the need for clean water in developing countries.

Based in Nicaragua, Potters for Peace works with potters around the developing world to help preserve cultural traditions, while helping to market the pottery locally, regionally and internationally.

The exhibition will feature large, ceramic water jugs from Tuesday, Aug. 21 through Friday, Aug. 31 in the Rike Gallery and is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

An opening reception for the public is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Since 1998, the organization has focused on teaching potters how to create low-cost ceramic water filters, helping to bring safe, clean water to areas of developing nations that do not have plumbing.

Potters for Peace established a water filtering program in Managua that has grown into a business that supplies 40,000 ceramic water filters to groups like the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders.

For more information contact Todd Hall, Rike Gallery coordinator, at 937-229-3257 or todd.hall@notes.udayton.edu.