Minga Fair Trade Imports (C)

Mery works with Minga Fair Trade Imports making ceramics for use in jewelry and as decorative household items. The ceramics are made using potter’s clay that is turned into a liquid using water and silicate, and then put into a mold to dry. Before it is completely dry, it is removed from the mold so that details can be cut or carved into the piece to give it more shape. Finally, it is painted. Mery learned this work from her sister and currently heads the business that works with eight artisans in the workshop. Her income helsp her maintain her family’s household since her parents are retired. She wants to continue studying business to train herself more, saying that “one never stops learning.”