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Set of 6 Ceramic Seahorse Ornaments Handmade in Guatemala, "Seahorse Squadron"

"When I was a little boy I loved everything that had to do with the sea and its creatures, especially seahorses. They are so morphologically... more

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"When I was a little boy I loved everything that had to do with the sea and its creatures, especially seahorses. They are so morphologically different to the rest of the fish that I was fascinated by them. This childhood interest now inspires me to design these ornaments," confides José Arriola. The Guatemalan artisan handcrafts the ornaments of ceramic and paints each one with acrylics with different themes. The six ornaments hangs from bright red ribbons, and the set arrives in a traditional cotton pouch woven on a pedal-loom.

  • 0.15 kgs
  • 0.3 lbs
  • Each: 8.7 cm H x 4.9 cm W x 0.7 cm D
  • Each: 3.4" H x 1.9" W x 0.3" D
  • Pouch: 17.3 cm L x 14 cm W
  • Pouch: 6.75" L x 5.5" W

  • Ceramic with polyester ribbons
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Made in Guatemala
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Guatemalaicon info
  • Product ID: 264160
Jose Arriola
Jose Arriola

Central America

Ceramic ornaments and figurines

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Hikmet

From USA

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Dec 21, 2021

Simply great!”

I have many sets of them. Beautifully made, great colors and nice bags. Thank you, Jose! 3

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Carol

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Feb 12, 2019

Delightful”

Each one is different, well made, hand crafted and wrapped and shipped so beautifully and securely it was impressive. Thank you so much!

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Brooke Sauer

From Los Angeles

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Nov 07, 2016

So detailed”

Each one of these beautiful ornaments has its own unique details and color palette! We love them!

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Mrs N

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Jun 20, 2024

Beautiful seahorses!”

The seahorses are beautiful, just as pretty and colourful as the picture. Thank you Jose.

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Julie

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May 12, 2024

Colorful Seahorses”

I purchased these colorful, handpainted seahorses to add to my Ocean-themed Christmas tree. I cant wait to see them displayed on the tree next Christmas!

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Laura

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Sep 19, 2022

Beautiful detail and colors”

I love seahorses and these are beautiful!

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Travele

From North America

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Jun 30, 2024

Perfect gift!”

I can t wait to give this as a gift. Perfect for someone who has everything and not much space in their home! Thank you!

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Alice

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Jun 21, 2024

Great little treasures.”

I purchased a set last year to give as gifts- All who received one absolutely love them. They have festive nature about them and they are made with love and excellent craftsmanship. I will be back. Thank you, José.

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Travele

From North America

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Jun 05, 2024

So cute!”

Love this mini pieces! Perfect gift for friends who don t a lot of “stuff”

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Terry

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May 04, 2024

Great gut tags/tree ornaments”

Delightful ceramic ornaments. They made great gift tags to be used later on recipients own trees .

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S!LVeRstarz

From Pennsylvania

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Apr 07, 2024

103 Dalmatians…”

I love everything that Jose creates. The adorable animal sets combine masterful craftsmanship with whimsy. This Dalmatian family is the perfect addition to my collection of this artist s works. They brighten up and office or home space, are extremely cute, and always a conversation piece!

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Robin

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Dec 12, 2023

Owl be talking to you!”

These two owls are irresistibly! They look so chatty, dont they?! Just looking at them makes me smile. I am making them my spirit animal! They are right next to another Novica product; a two sided cat! I just got a lovely porcelain Robin bird for my birthday. The five of them are near me on my side table. A round Robin. Thats an old term for people seated around a table. They remind me of parrots bopping around and it makes me laugh. If Jose Arriola reads this, I love the birds so much! Thank you for your artistry.

Best Uses
  • They are ornamental so they don't do much but I could almost swear she winked at me!
Gift Occasion
  • This was a gift for: Myself
  • Occasion: 'just because'

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Preserving Traditions

Preserving Traditions

Jose creates the most beautiful ceramic ornaments and figurines. His family has lived in Antigua for more than 100 years and he takes great pride in practicing the same ceramic techniques his ancestors used. He wishes to help this tradition continue and he teaches anyone in his community who has an interest in learning.

Microcredit Financing

Microcredit Financing

Jose Arriola has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $450 and the most recent for $2550. Proceeds were used to purchase paints and materials for his ceramics to continue production.

Enabling Education

Enabling Education

Jose's children are all grown but but he does provide financial support for the education of one person outside of his family and he occasionally supports other children's school expenses.

Confronting Adversity

Confronting Adversity

Jose has been dealing with diabetes for over 17 years. His condition has caused many problems for him, but currently he is able to control it and enjoy his life.

Job Creator

Job Creator

Jose provides employment to several people within his community.

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