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Address: The Circle | next to the restaurant La Caracola, Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 2653 2005
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Costa Rican pottery workshop and store. Local Artist Arbin Espinoza Guevara...

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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Chiroptera Pottery

The families in this village are organized into artists cooperatives where you can see a wood fired dome shaped outdoor oven for firing the traditional pottery that they are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2016
deborah r
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Belmont, North Carolina
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Belmont, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

The families in this village are organized into artists cooperatives where you can see a wood fired dome shaped outdoor oven for firing the traditional pottery that they are making. Some families sell at their house or you can visit the village gift shop where you can watch an artist working and purchase some pottery.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

We walked into this pottery shop, not really expecting much. We quickly realized that this place was special. Behind the windows of the store, you see a working studio. Behind that is the yard where they cure the pottery and the clay oven that is their kiln. The owner was there that morning and gave us a quick tour and... More 

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Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Stopped in after we made a visit to the small town of Guaitil where the locals still make their pottery by hand. There is a major difference between what they have in Tamarindo vs what is available in Guaitil. The quality just isn't as good as the towns even though they claim it is the same product. Also, you can... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

We advocate strongly for locally made crafts anywhere we travel to and have traveled our whole lives, all of the world. We were excited about the pottery studio and supporting them so we made our way through Tamarindo in search of them based off of their TripAdvisor reviews. It all went downhill from there. We arrive, the gentleman was nice... More 

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GuaitilPottery, Owner at Guaitil Pottery Studio, responded to this review

I am very disappointed to read this review as it is not a fully informed nor accurate account of what happened. Pottery is delicate and must handled delicately. I do believe that most places have a policy of "you break it, you buy it". Thank for for including the photos of the piece in your review so I can explain... More 

Springfield, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a nice place to stop if you are going down the west coast and want to pick up a little artwork. Guaitil Pottery Studio was a transfer station on the Grey Lines bus route that I took from Playa Hermosa to San Jose. I enjoyed seeing the demonstration of pottery making, Guaitil style. The store includes many nice... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

I studied the available shopping in this town before we visited. Guatil pottery seemed to be highly rated, so we stopped in. The lady there was nice and helpful. She is from California, so there was no language problem. The pottery all looked good and was reasonably priced. We got a nice bowl with a monkey on it.

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memphis, tn
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

My family of 4 decided to take a 2 day pottery lesson. We were told that it would take a couple of hours the first day and a couple of hours the second day. This seemed kind of short compared to the other pottery lessons I've done but I figured this was a different technique so what did I know.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

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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