Corey Johnson studied ceramics at the Kansas City Art Institute and at the West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Throughout this college career, the young potter had a desire to use his work to help others. He frames this desire in religious terms, calling it “an epiphany” and deciding that it was a way he could serve God.
The story of his efforts up until recently is detailed on his web site. From the Trentonian newspaper:
“He came across an organization called Potters For Peace, a nonprofit organization that works with potters overseas and also helps build ceramic water filter production factories in third-world countries and around the world.
“’I was just feeling this huge push to go,’ Johnson said, adding that he couldn’t stop thinking about their mission. The trip would cost $1,800 for two weeks, and he turned to a Kickstarter campaign – Kickstarter is an online, creative project funding platform, according to its Web site – to raise the money.
“He was, he said, amazed by the power of social media. ‘I put this video out, and I got $3,600 within six hours on the first day,’ he said. ”I was not expecting this at all.’”
Since that time he’s made two trips to Nicaragua, returning most recently on June 18. He worked in a studio to make ceramic water filters that are used to purify drinking water. He helped build the studio and taught people there how to make pottery. His filters look like flower pots made out of clay and sawdust. The filters are brushed with a mixture of colloidal silver and water. Johnson said the filters clean between one to three liters of water in an hour and can filter 99 percent of waterborne pathogens. They’re cheap, too!
He hopes to keep the project going and could probably use more help in the future. He meets this week with CFile Editor Garth Clark so expect to hear more about this worthy cause. Until then you can read more about it on Clay for Water’s Facebook page and website.
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