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BFA ’16 Laura O’Connor Researching Ceramic Water Filtration Methods

Published August 25, 2016

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BFA ’16 Laura O’Connor, recipient of the Exceptional Opportunities Award, spent three weeks in the Peruvian Amazon working with the Loreto Regional Artesan√≠a Taller. This ceramic studio, run by Gustavo Romero de la Cuba, functions as a workshop and a a cultural preservation site.

As written by Laura:
During my time there, I researched ceramic water filter fabrication methods, both native and foreign, that the community has experimented with. Simultaneously, I spent time recording major changes in the Kokama ceramic tradition that have happened in the past three years- since my first visit with the community- which have been substantial.

These findings and experiences are being used towards my studio practice as well as providing useful information for local NGOS/ sustainability groups to utilize on their path to building a more sustainable Amazon.

Laura is currently a 2016-2017 Fulbright Fellow in Madrid, Spain.