Guaitil Pottery – Artisans from the Past

Quaitil Pottery Costa RicaThe Chorotega Indians have been producing organic pottery for over 800 years in Costa Rica. The skill has been passed down from generation to generation and still remains a very important part of the culture of
Costa Rica, specifically in the village of Guaitil, in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica.

In Tamarindo, the Guaitil Pottery Studio provides visitors with the opportunity to take classes in the traditional methods of pottery making using only natural products. This is a great opportunity to experience the culture and traditional methods of creating clay pottery.Quickly becoming a sparse commodity, clay is the basis for this beautiful pottery that is produced by the artisans of Guaitil. The pigments used are natural, extracted from the San Vicente mountain which neighbours Guaitil and Santa Barbara.

The pre-Columbian style of pottery is made by hand  and decorated in traditional patterns and symbols. They include symbols of fertility and power of the Chorotega Indians. The secrets of creating this distinctive pottery has been passed down from generation to generation.

The clay is spread to the ground to dry. The clay is then smashed into a powder and mixed with iguana sand which is fresh water sand, creating a pottery paste. Colors are painted on the pieces when wet and dry under sunlight. Once dry, the items are “shined” up by a piece of stone called Sukia. The items are then baked to strengthen the items.

Pieces created include plates, jars, vases and pots along with animals species and are sold near the town square. This is a great opportunity to bring home some beautiful items to remember your adventure in Costa


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