NICA Ceramica’s purpose is to work for the betterment of the struggling Nicaraguan economy by making handcrafted ceramic pieces available to our strong North American market. Our ties to the artisans of the pottery town, San Juan de Oriente, allow us to bring beautiful works of art to our customers, while providing economic benefit to the potters of this small community. It is important to us that the artisans who design and create this pottery are compensated fairly for their work.

We also run the Nicaragua Children’s Foundation and have made many trips to this beautiful country. 25% of all Nica Ceramica profits support the NCF.

MADE BY Locals.
HELPING locals.

None of our products are MADE IN CHINA!

All of our pottery comes from the small village of San Juan de Oriente in southwestern Nicaragua. This town has a long history of pottery-making, dating back to Pre-Columbian times.

These beautiful handmade products are available through Nica Ceramics right here in Canada.


Skills are passed from parent to child

Each piece is hand-made, using only traditional tools, and its creation is many hours in the making. Clay comes from the volcanic soil of the area and must be softened, a process involving a worker walking on it for several hours. For most pieces, paint is obtained naturally from a mixture of water and rocks. These rocks, which allow for a large variety of colours, all come from different locations in Nicaragua. Pottery wheels are run manually, using the feet. Etching is also painstakingly done by hand. The pieces are then fired in a clay oven heated by bamboo.