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Handmade Pottery in Costa Rica

February 22, 2010 - Filed under Ceramics, Classes & Courses, Travel

In my quest for crafty adventures while we travel I came across the Guatil Pottery Studio in Playa Tamarindo. It’s a small shop run by Arbin Espinosa Guevara, who learned the traditional art of Chorotega Pottery from his mother in the village of Guatil (about 1/2 an hour from Tamarindo). In addition to selling his beautiful pieces, Arbin teaches classes to anyone wanting to learn. I spent a few days with Arbin at his studio, learning the traditional ways of Chorotega Pottery, a pre-columbian form of pottery, that has been handed down from generation to generation for over 800 years.

The whole process starts with a dense clay-like soil called barro, which is found in the hills that surround the village of Guatil. The Chorotega indians believe that the barro must be collected at the end of the lunar cycle, otherwise the density and strength of the clay is compromised. The barro is combined with a fine sand, called Iguana Sand, and then mixed with water by foot, similar to stomping grapes! Read More…

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Happy Canada Day!

July 1, 2009 - Filed under Ceramics, Events, Holidays

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Hope you all have a wonderful Canada Day!

These cute little clay Canada Houses from The Little Red Door make a great addition to potted plants, terrariums or just anywhere you need a little bit of Canadiana!

Check em out, eh!

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