“I am Ilsa Chavarría. I was born on September 5, 1962. From a very young age I could observe the making of ceramics; this is an art that has been transmitted from generation to generation in my family. My brothers also have this trade, and we have dedicated ourselves one hundred percent to produce these crafts. For me it is not only a business; it is part of my history.
“When I was 12 years old, I started making pottery with the help of my family. This art is something that captivated me from the beginning. I could always see my family members design and create incredible pieces.
“I had the opportunity to work for a cooperative in the Guanacaste area, where I could perfect my art. I have more than 40 years as an artisan; and all this time has helped me to make each product unique, to innovate in my pieces, and always offer something new to my clients.
“The pottery means a lot to me, and the reason that fills me with pride and joy is because it is a tradition that I want to convey to my children and to many people in my community. Even though the income is meager, it is always satisfying to be able to give the Chorotega culture a place again.
“The making of ceramics was a very important part of the Chorotega culture. They were made most frequently by women, which is why I seek again to create in many women that spirit that our ancestors had, and thus give us an important place in the society that has long been lost.
“It is a great blessing for me to be able to show my art to many people. I hope that people appreciate and recognize my pieces, but above all that they have a bit of Costa Rica in their homes and can admire them.”