earthaware foundation

The earthaware foundation is an arts education platform based on simple teaching techniques and open access to all. It is comprised of programs in 3D object and shelter making using locally found materials with focus on environmental impacts and sustainablity. It is designed for international application using little to no discriptive language but rather image and drawing based communication making it suitable for cross-cultural events and bridge building.

earthaware workshops for children and adults are typically multi-session. They may run for several days or several weeks. They are led by myself and those I have trained around the world over the past decade. From Haiti to Malaysia, Kashmir to New Zealand, India to South Africa to the USA and many other countries, over 10,000 children and approximately 2,000 adults have participated in earthaware workshops since they began.

These sessions are free of charge to the attendees. Funding comes from my other work, from donors and from corporate and non-profit grants.

Please contact us for more information and program details. See project methods and past projects below:

Arts Programs for Kids 4-12 years

• Drawing animals on paper or floors

• Naming the animals, who are they as a character?

• Forming simple 3D shapes in supplied materials (sticks, plastics, cardboard, tape and twine)

• Binding the shapes together to make the characters

• Strengthening the forms, learning structure like our bodies

• Adorning and decorating the characters, adding personality

• Sharing the character’s story with others, communicating the vision

• Forming shelters and villages for the characters, community building, playtime

• Creating bigger stories and adding more, growing world awareness


Arts Programs for Teens 13-18 years

• Drawing people, buildings and vehicles on paper or floors, making one’s own world

• Writing a description of the creation

• Forming simple structures in supplied materials: huts, teepees

• Strengthening the forms, learning structure

• Enhancing, adorning and decorating the structures

• Sharing the methods with others, community building

• Connecting projects together to form networks

• Storytelling and growing the narratives

 “Haiti Hands” - earthaware community memorial sculpture build, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

“StoryPods” - earthaware community AIDS awareness sculpture build with RED and Nike, Portland, OR, USA

“Montfort Boys and Girls Town clubhouses” - earthaware sessions on teambuilding, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

“Summer Star School” earthaware sessions, Navajo Nation, AZ, USA

“Appa” earthaware second grade classroom build, Portland, OR, USA

various earthaware projects