“Hello everyone, my name is Yolanda Villarreal. I was born and raised in a beautiful place surrounded by handicrafts; in every corner you can find some type of artistry, from the pieces drying outside of the houses to the people selling or simply exhibiting their art in the streets. I am very fortunate. Each day here is a new opportunity to learn something.
“Throughout the years, I have always loved ceramic art. This love began thanks to my mother; many people work in this art because it has been passed down from generation to generation within families. My mother learned from her parents, who patiently taught her from a very young age. My mother taught me in the same way. With a lot of love, she dedicated several hours of each day so that I would learn every detail and every step, and I remembered these techniques well because I knew that this was very important for her.
“With time, I began creating my first pieces. To my surprise, I was able to make some beautiful pots. Little by little, I continued making other types of pieces. It was then that I knew I was born for this. What was once a small pastime had transformed into the thing that I do every day.
“Creating this art has helped me a lot; it became the primary source of income for my home. I have three daughters who are my responsibility, and it is for them that I strive every day. I believe that they like this craft a lot, and that they want to learn how to do it, which fills me with happiness; I can teach them everything that my mother once taught me.”
From a very young age, Yolanda Villarreal has worked as an artisan, dedicating 100% of her time to her craft in order to sustain her family. She hopes that her community grows, and that other people learn this art that has given her a lot of opportunity for growth.
“These opportunities are marvelous. I know that my clients will be able to have a piece of my history, of my life, and of this part of Costa Rica. With this craft, we help everyone preserve the art of ceramics.”