Ceramic Making Workshop in Havana


Facilitation by Beatriz Santacana

March 25-31, 2018

Limited to 8 participants

Registration Deadline - October 1, 2017

This is an educational people-to-people workshop and as such is an exchange of ideas among facilitators of the workshop and participants to refine skills, master ceramic materials, techniques and processes in order to create an original and personal expression in clay.

At the center of the Ceramic Making in Havana program is a three days hands-on workshop delivered by Cuban ceramist Beatriz Santacana. The workshop will allow for participants to explore various hand-building techniques while creating functional forms and more. Demonstrations include slab construction, coil building, pinching, and extrusion. Learn about surface decoration including: applied textures, colored slips, and glaze application. Participants will need basic or no experience in hand-built ceramics techniques. 

In addition to the workshop experience the group will visit several sites with Cuban Program Leader Marcos Carvajal who will travel with the group. Visits will include the National Museum of Contemporary Ceramics and the ceramic workshop at the University of the Arts.

Program Dates

March 25-31, 2018
Registration Deadline - October 1, 2018

Program Package Fees

What is included?

  • Ceramic workshop, including material, lunches and coffee breaks
  • Transportation from and back to the airport
  • Six nights at a private B&B with all breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell diners
  • Admission to Museum of Fine Arts
  • Guided walking tour of Old Havana with architect-historian
  • Visits to the Ceramic School at the University of the Arts
  • Orientation before departure
  • Travel Guide with tips for a safe and fun trip
  • Emailed information about sites to be visited
  • Bilingual Program Leader traveling with the group
  • Educational / people-to people license to travel
  • Tips for B&B maids, servers in included meals and driver

What is not included? (estimates)

  • $225 round trip airfare to Havana from Tampa (Health insurance included in airfare)
  • $50 Cuban tourist visa – visas will be available at the airport on departure day.
  • $120 for meals not included
  • $65 Other transportation (taxi)
  • Trip interruption and cancellation insurance
  • Airfare for connecting flight to - from Tampa
  • Tampa hotel the night before departure, optional

For a Registration Packet

Please visit our  
Contact Us   page and provide all required Information. As soon as we hear from you, we will email a registration packet with required forms and instructions. You can also call us at 978-998-0039.

Payment Options - Program Package

Cashier's Check or Credit Card

Timetable for Registration and Payments
Registration Deadline

50% of Program Package Cost

45 days before departure

50% balance due of Program Package Cost
Cancellation Policy

Cancellations after registration and before 2nd payment- 50% refund
Cancellations after 2nd payment - no refund



Our flight from Tampa to Havana will take one hour. Once in Havana we will be on our way to a panoramic tour of the city followed by lunch in Old Havana. After lunch we will have some time to visit the old city before we do check-in at the B&B and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening with Instructor-Artist Beatriz Santacana.
See artist bio here.


After breakfast we will visit Old Havana, which was founded in 1519. A docent walking tour will be given by an architect-historian to visit Cathedral, Arms and San Francisco Squares. After lunch we will visit The national Museum of Contemporary Ceramics and the San Jose Arts and Crafts Fair.

AM - Workshop 1 - What is clay? Features and Kneading
PM - Workshop 2 - Forming Techniques

Practical Work
Creation of a piece modeled by hand in small format, using one of the five techniques explained. This piece is fired without glaze. It will be made with colored paste.


AM - Workshop 3 - What are glazes?
PM - Workshop 4 - Glazing Methods

Practical Work
Glazing two vessels using techniques shown


AM - Workshop 5 and 6 Kilns: Feature and Types

Practical Work
Glazing a slab and a dish using any of the techniques shown 


Our last day in Cuba will start with a visit to the Ceramic School at the University of the Arts. After lunch we will visit the Museum of Fine Arts-Cuban Collection and in the evening enjoy a farewell dinner.


After lunch we will transfer to José Martí International Airport for departure.

Bed and Breakfast selected will depend on availability at the time of registration deadline and group rooming needs.