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Cooperativa San Expedito

Jinotega, Nicaragua
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About Cooperativa San Expedito
The San Expedito Cooperative is a women's cooperative of artisans dedicated to making traditional pre-columbian Nicaraguan black pottery. Visitors to the factory see the traditional black pottery production process. We also offer extended tours of the process with hikes to local clay deposits, organized community projects, or preparation of local traditional foods.
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Erik wrote a review Apr 2022
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
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Our family spent 2 days with the ladies and have an unforgettable experience. We learned all about the process, while getting to know the women, and enjoying their hospitality. We all had the opportunity to make several pieces ourselves, returning the next day to fire and etch. Truly unique and memorable.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Marianne F wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia70 contributions10 helpful votes
We visited on recommendation of our accommodation host and received a friendly welcome from the two shops ( with workshops) we visited. The women here create beautiful pottery, everything from larger pieces to jewellery, in their traditional style. It's incredibly good value, and do visit as these are the people who suffer most when political unrest (2018, it's fine to visit now!) scares away tourists. We bought mugs, pots and jewellery to take home to Australia, and would have bought more if we could carry it. Fascinating process of creating their art too.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Bray_adventurer wrote a review Sep 2019
Dublin, Ireland25 contributions17 helpful votes
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What a fun visit, I went with some friends and we had so much fun. The ladies here are so incredibly welcoming and took time to show us all of the processes involved in making the pottery. We even got to try it ourselves and at the end there is a little shop where they sell their stuff and, trust me, you won't get better value anywhere else. They are definitely undercharging for their pottery. Don't miss this if you are in the area!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Cari M wrote a review Dec 2018
Jinotega, Nicaragua83 contributions7 helpful votes
You pull up to Cerámica Negra and it looks like it’s an empty house, then all of a sudden 3 or 4 women come from who knows where and open up the store. Everything is handmade and beautiful. You won’t find 2 coffee cups that are the same. Very unique. There are big etched pots, plates, bowls, necklaces, earrings, keychains, and wind chimes very inexpensive. If you get lost and speak Spanish, ask anyone for directions. It’s up a dirt road off highway 3 just outside of Jinotega on the way to San Rafael.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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neseeker wrote a review Aug 2017
Long Beach, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
While doing volunteer work in Jinotega city, made a Saturday trip to this cooperative in village off the highway. There is a one room shop with variety of ceramica negra & for couple of dollars donation tour and explanation of process from digging the clay to polishing the fired pieces. And you get to try using the pottery wheel - not easy! If you are interested in ceramics, cooperatives, &/or villages off the tourist track, highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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