Potters for Peace is a non-profit, US-based organization that includes potters, educators, and volunteers who work together to craft clay filters to purify water that is safe for human consumption. The initiative to introduce the Potters for Peace organization to the OWU community began in 2009 with a project workshop co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Department and the Chaplain’s Office. During the workshop, Peter Chartrand, Potters for Peace Brigade Director, shared his knowledge and field experience of numerous years in service as a Potter For Peace. In addition, he presented OWU students with the organization’s mission statement, goals, and objectives and encouraged OWU to begin making and testing filters out of various formulae of Red Art, the most common red clay in North America.
Since Chartrand’s visit, Professor Kristina Bogdanov worked with many OWU students crafting filters using various formulae and presented the project to her ART113 class. Dr. Laura Tuhela-Reuning worked with OWU students testing filtered water for coliforms and enterococci and obtaining scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of filters crafted with various formulae. Coliforms and enterococci are two groups of bacteria that indicate potential fecal contamination from both humans and animals and the potentially pathogenic bacteria associated with humans and animals. Therefore, removal of coliforms and enterococci from water indicates that potentially pathogenic bacteria are also absent from the water.
This collection houses and documents faculty and student work involving the methods of preparing the filters, testing the filters, and evaluating the filters from 2009 to the present.
Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Five Colleges of Ohio (Next Steps in the Next Generation Library: Integrating Digital Collections into the Liberal Arts Curriculum, 2010).