Camargo Corrêa Institute

Artisans of the Ribeira Valley (SP) learn to make clay ovens

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - 13:39
With the course, students may replicate the knowledge with other artisans With the course, students may replicate the knowledge with other artisans

Artisans in the towns of Apiaí, Itaoca, and Barra do Chapéu, São Paulo upstate, learned how to build and use gas and clay ovens. This was part of project "The Future in Our Hands", by Ideal Future program. Together, local ceramists made three clay ovens and three gas ovens to burn ceramic parts. In January, the fourth clay oven will be built. The project is carried out by Camargo Corrêa Institute, InterCement, BNDES, and Instituto Meio.

The classes dealt with team work and improved the output of resources and materials in building the ovens. Mayra Gauditano is the coordinator of activities at Instituto Meio, the executive partner in the project. She says the team work improved the relationship between groups, who became more open to collaboration. Mayra also says that classes and the building of ovens took three days less than expected.

The activity was held from October 16 to 20, but students were trained to replicate and renew the knowledge, to teach other artisans and subsequently increase the project's scope. In order to materialize this knowledge, Instituto Meio is preparing an oven construction manual, with pictures of works and instructions, to be given to artisans.

The project is scheduled to complete in April 2013.