Friday, January 21, 2011

Temporarily Tamarindo: Road Trip to Guaiatil and San Vicente

Guiatil Oven Shop 1

I hear it got to 6 F / -14 C in St. Louis last night and they just had 8 inches / 20 cm more snow. Bwa ha ha ha ha ha... This is what it's like down here. I shouldn't cackle, though. We'll be home Saturday night if the gods of the air are with us.

We got to the other part of our road trip yesterday, visiting the tiny villages of Guaitil and San Vicente. The former is known for its potters who work in the style of the indigenous Chorotegan people, the heritage of this area for 4,000 years. There is no particular store, just a group of homes with workshops and display areas. We read that the place to go was the Oven Store. It was good advice. The whole family are excellent artisans, speak better English than my Spanish and produce beautiful work. Carlos, above, and the young lady just below were at their craft when we arrived.

The hamlet of San Vicente was a few kilometers down a gravel road. There was a tiny museum of local culture that no one would ever find without good directions (there is no sign on the road), along with a garden of medicinal plants. There were no other gringos for miles around.

Today's agenda: el volcán!

We lay down the law today on Downtown St. Louis 365.

Guiatil Oven Shop 2

Guiatil Oven Shop 4

San Vicente 2

San Vicente 3

4 comments: said...

You are getting out and around. I like the Chorotega pottery, and people have enjoyed receiving them as gifts when I bring them back to the USA.

In museums of pre-Columbian art they will sometimes show examples of very old pottery from Costa Rica and it contains the same colors and looks similar to the Chorotega Potter than they still make in Guaitil and San Vicente. The pottery is usually identified as Nicoyan, since it comes from the Nicoya peninsula.

The best collection of pre-Columbian Nicoyan pottery we have found was in the Denver Art Museum.. The St. Louis Art Museum has a good collection of pre-Columbian pottery, I think largely donated by Morton May, and it would not surprise me if it contains some Nicoyan pottery.

brattcat said...

This was a very good day, I think. Excellent portraits. I wonder how much Costa Rica arts you'll be carrying back to St. Louis.

Virginia said...

What fabulous portraits and I want a pot. They are beautifully crafted. Hope you bought some for yourselves!

Anonymous said...

Jeremiah 18:5-6 Then the word of the Lord came to me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the Lord. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.