Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Make your own pottery

Here is a fun activity.  There is a shop in Tamarindo where you can make your own pottery.  They also sell the Chorotega pottery that is made in nearby Guaitil.  You can take a pottery lesson and make a pot, then return the next day to paint it.  You need to plan to enjoy this activity before your last day in town, however, as the process takes several days.

Chorotega pottery is one of the few traditions that remain from pre-Columbian culture in Costa Rica.  Today, of course, the motifs on the pottery are stylized to appeal to the tourist market.  In Guaitil, you can watch artisans make the pottery and buy directly from them.  You can also buy the pottery at shops in Tamarindo, such as this one, and from vendors who walk on the beach.

This week we have photos of Tanzania posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site this week.

17 comments:

Kate said...

The pots on display look pretty accomplished, and I doubt that they're products of beginners. Looks like a fun place to visit.

Sharon said...

Sounds like a fun activity.

Virginia said...

I have always wanted to make pottery. I'm sure I'd be hilarious at the wheel but it would be fun to try. Great idea to paint your own.
V

Judy said...

That would be fun to do but I'm not sure you could get me off the beach long enough to do it.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Sounds like to have pottery lesson in such an exquisite place !

Bob Crowe said...

The shot gives a nice overview of the craftwork. We went to Guiatil on our last two visits to CR. We particularly like the Oven Shop. Really nice people, fine quality work, fair prices.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

It's a great idea in theory Dave, but I've tried it with lets just say 'interesting' results haha!

JM said...

So cool and inviting!

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