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Guaitil Pottery Studio

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Guaitil Pottery Studio

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modhutt wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia17 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Skomeioki wrote a review Nov 2019
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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!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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HolaMoe wrote a review Jul 2019
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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!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Susan928 wrote a review Feb 2019
Calgary, Canada51 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Kyle T wrote a review Nov 2018
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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.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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