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Guaitil Pottery Studio

The Circle | next to the restaurant La Caracola, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
506 2653 2005
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Ranked #6 of 19 Shopping in Tamarindo
Type: Shops
Traveler Description: When you walk in you find a huge choice of ceramics in traditional handmade shapes, sizes and designs from the area. Your first instinct is to touch... more »
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stroller parking
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This place is full of beautiful pottery to take home. I purchased 2 coffee cups that were beautifully painted. One had the cappuccino monkey and the other had a toucan. I also purchased a fruit bowl with a beautifully painted humming bird and a small bowl to put my guacamole in, this piece also had a beautifully painted hummingbird. We... More

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Holland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I just recently took the $60 lesson where you get to make a piece to take home and just loved the experience. The technique is really neat, but so different from what I was used to. I am used to a traditional potters wheel and this is nothing like it. The instructor is really great and the lessons pushed me... More

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We took our Girl Scout troop to Costa Rica as a senior trip. While there, we took a pottery class with Arbin. It was so much fun. We started with a bag of soil from the side of a mountain and left with a custom made keepsake of our time in Tamarindo. Arbin was patient with us and worked around... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

The pottery was hand guided, but the instructor tried really hard to make you do it yourself, so your piece was your own! I really enjoyed the experience, and I have a really special souvineer!

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed in Flamingo for the month of July and frequented Tamarindo. I took lessons from Arbin and had an absolute ball. I had my 10 year old daughter come as well and she loved it. You need at least a week to be able to finish a piece. So worth checking out even if you are looking for one... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

stopped here as a part of the palo verde national park trip. it was really interesting to see the potter making pots in the traditional methods. the skill and craftsmanship was good. the souvenirs were nice as well. while I might not have come here on my own I am really glad I got to see this.

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I took pottery lessons here and absolutely loved them! Harbin was a pottery master. He makes pottery the traditional way for that area and it was such a treat to give it a try myself. Highly recommend that anyone staying a week or more give this a try!

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

If you would like a chance to learn 400+ year old pottery techniques then look no further. Taking pottery classes from Arbin you have the chance to see a master at work. My husband and I came for two months and stayed in Playa Grande a little town across the estuary. I came into town twice a week and worked... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

For my family's second trip to Costa Rica, we decided to spend our whole two weeks in the beautiful city of Tamarindo. We went without planning much head, but the one thing that I was set on was a visit to the Guaitil Pottery Studio. One of my favorite hobbies for years has been painting pottery, but I had yet... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

When my family and I re-visited Costa Rica after two years, we wanted to try some new experiences so we looked up Guaitil Pottery Studio on tripadvisor. After reading countless of wonderful descriptions about this pottery studio, we decided to visit it ourselves. Not only were there countless numbers of authentic pottery to buy, but there was also the opportunity... More

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