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About this Artisan

Inle Clay

More than a decade ago, a potter in Myanmar created his first nativity set based on one he had seen in a larger town. He hoped to sell the sets to tourists who stumbled 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 molded. From this first encounter, a relationship grew, as well as a partnership in which she links the artisans to larger markets for their products. Now through Inle Clay, this artisan 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 its community.