Guaitil Pottery Studio

Guaitil Pottery Studio, Tamarindo: Address, Phone Number, Guaitil Pottery Studio Reviews: 4.5/5

Guaitil Pottery Studio
4.5
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Costa Rican pottery workshop and store. Local Artist Arbin Espinoza Guevara hand builds and fires all pottery onsite. The studio is open to the public every day and pottery lessons are available. Please see our website for more details.
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Priscilla
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Beginner friendly, relaxing and fun pottery class :-)
May 2021
My sister an me took this three hours pottery class by Arbin. 2 hours on one day, on the day after.

You get to choose a piece of Arbin's work as inspiration or model and he helps you to form it. Absolutely beginner friendly and a lot of fun. Arbin is very helpful and super easy to talk to. Pottery is super relaxing and we enjoyed the class very much.

If you want to get in touch with locals, do something relaxing and be creative this is the place for you.

Thank you Arbin and take care :-)
Written May 16, 2021
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2021
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Taken advantage of!
Feb 2021 • Friends
We found this little spot and were excited about the experience. Unfortunately what we got was an owner that was busy on the phone and gave almost zero instruction. He wanted money up front before projects were due and totally misguided us on what the project would look like. Our bowls were unfinished, not glazed and look like they weren’t even fired after questioning him he said that’s what it is. They looked nothing like products on shelf. Save you money and skip this one.
Written March 21, 2021
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Footprints211354
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Wonderful Costa Rican experience
Feb 2021
I saw this studio and couldn’t wait to take a class. It was so much fun! Very comfortable and very Costa Rican. Exactly what I wanted to include in my experience. Arbin is fun, very patient and extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We laughed, created pottery and had a ton of fun. I love my final creation. Thank you Arbin
Written March 9, 2021
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modhutt
Washington DC, DC17 contributions
Pottery Lessons in Tamarindo
Oct 2020
Arvin is open for business. Located in the heart of Tamarindo - in the little circle at the end of the main street - the pottery studio feels convenient yet separate. It is cool and quiet inside. You need to visit the studio at least 3 times (for 1 hr each time) to be able to fully complete a project. After that Arvin needs to fire your piece. So stop by early in your visit so you can be sure to bring home your own piece of pottery. You create using a mold so don't let the process intimidate you and Arvin helps guide you through it. Definitely an unique and different vacation experience. My 11yr old boy joined me and made his own bowl. He loved every lesson.
Written October 27, 2020
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Skomeioki
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Amazing Tour and best of Costa Rica
Nov 2019 • Couples
These two brothers have an amazing store. Arvin showed us his process, including the super hot kiln. His brother was very sweet and communicated to us his family history as well as the heritage behind their pottery making. We had intended to visit Guital and ran out of time. When I communicated this to a surf instructor, he directed us to this shop and I am so HAPPY he did. For these beautiful pieces, they should charge more! Knowing they are handmade and not factory bought tourist gifts made all the difference...which is why I’m shocked they don’t charge more!!!!!

Also, for animal lovers...they take care of two beautiful dogs and a sweet kitten. It was an amazing experience and a must see in Tamarindo!
Written November 15, 2019
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HolaMoe
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A Different Experience
Jul 2019 • Solo
I decided to add to our trip to Tamarindo this year by doing more than laying on the beach reading books or eating WAY more than I needed to. This year I decided I would learn something new. I spend 3 days in the studio learning firsthand from Arvin how to make a piece of pottery in the traditional Costa Rican style. He showed me what to do each step of the way and helped me out during particularly difficult steps. I was quite pleased with how my piece turned out! I’m glad for the experience!
Written July 20, 2019
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Susan928
Calgary, Canada51 contributions
An authentic experience that helped me understand and appreciate Costa Rican pottery
Feb 2019
I wasn't sure what to expect with the pottery lessons in Tamarindo, but it exceeded my expectations. When I booked the class, William greeted me. He took the time to show me the room where Arbin, his brother and the artist who owned the studio, worked as well as the kiln where the pottery was fired. When I went for the lessons I was so pleased. Arbin very patiently modelled the techniques of mixing the clay, building and trimming the piece, and then putting the glaze on. I appreciated that he let me work on my own, yet he offered help whenever I needed it. In addition to this, I appreciated his sense of humour. Watching both Arbin and William with the pottery gave me a very deep appreciation for the many steps and the complexity of the work. I will look at Costa Rican pottery with different eyes now. This was a rewarding and worthwhile experience.
Written February 25, 2019
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Kyle T
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Two great pieces
Nov 2018 • Solo
I just picked up my two pieces from Arbin’s studio. I’m quite pleased with how the both of them turned out and they would not have turned out in that manner without his expertise and hands on help. It was a nice combination of hands on help correcting errors I made and him not taking over completely so my pieces still have a unique character to them which will make them alll the more meaningful gifts.
The whole experience was great, a good atmosphere and nice to reconnect with my artistic side doing the painting.
Thanks Arbin for an amazing unique experience.
Written November 26, 2018
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Chris M
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Indigenous Pottery Class
Nov 2018 • Couples
This primitive approach to Pottery has alot of application and my wife and I enjoyed learning how to make our own pieces. With Arbin's help, we were able to take on some fairly advanced techniques and although they don't look as good as his, they are pretty awesome.

We found the experience very rewarding even if our pots we're to disintegrate in the kiln. Which they didn't.

If you are on a rigid schedule with this stuff you should relax your expectations as the process takes a little time and is slightly weather dependent.

If you go to learn and to understand a unique way to make pottery without electricity or access to all the greatest equipment, this is your place. Ask Arbin and he will tell you. If you are mousy he might not know you need something, but I would say he was there Everytime we needed him and our pieces came out great.

Thanks Arbin!
Written November 25, 2018
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Ann D
Clevedon, UK3 contributions
Sadden to write this review!
Nov 2018 • Solo
I attended a course with Arbin at Guaitil Pottery Studio last week and paid 60 US dollars to make a pot. I duly made my piece of pottery over a three day period, Arbin told me he needed to fire it in his kiln and asked me to come back to collect it on Sunday afternoon, which I did but he wasn't there the workshop was shut up. My husband visited the workshop twice on Monday to see if he could pick it up but it was still closed, we had to leave for the UK that afternoon so I'm sad to say I came home potless!
Other then this I had a wonderful time in Tamarindo, the scenery is stunning, the wildlife amazing and the local people are very friendly. Pura Vida
Written November 13, 2018
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