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About this Artisan

Inle Clay

More than a decade ago, a potter created his first Nativity set based on one he had seen in a larger town, hoping to sell them to tourists who stumble upon the traveling market that comes to his lakeside village every five days. Displayed on bamboo tables spread with trinkets to attract souvenir shoppers, his simple clay figures so intrigued one foreigner that she set out to uncover the story behind their production. Surprisingly, she found the family of artisans knew little about the story of the figures they mold. From their first encounter, a relationship has grown, as well as a partnership, in which she links the artisans to larger markets for their product. Now through Inle Clay, his family is able to provide the health care required by each of its generations living within the same thatched walls, as well as bring economic and spiritual hope to their community!

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