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San Juan de Oriente in Nicaragua

About San Juan de Oriente

One of the joys of traveling in a foreign country is the opportunity to completely absorb a wonderfully new and multi-sensory experience. Nicaragua is no different, and a stroll through San Juan de Oriente reveals a charming town, one that has built its reputation on the production of decorative pottery. The town has approximately 4,000 residents, and nearly 80% participate in the production or sale of ceramics. Since the majority of these potters work right out of their homes, you can often see and hear them spinning a potter's wheel, stomping on mounds of clay to remove the lumps, or straining the impurities from a slushy coating they put on the pots. San Juan de Oriente is located approximately 45 minutes south of Managua by car, although its higher elevation provides for a far more moderate climate than the capital city.

One of the joys of traveling in a foreign country is the opportunity to completely absorb a wonderfully new and multi-sensory experience. Nicaragua is no different, and a stroll through San Juan de Oriente reveals a charming town, one that has built its reputation on the production of decorative pottery. The town has approximately 4,000 residents, and nearly 80% participate in the production or sale of ceramics. Since the majority of these potters work right out of their homes, you can often see and hear them spinning a potter's wheel, stomping on mounds of clay to remove the lumps, or straining the impurities from a slushy coating they put on the pots. San Juan de Oriente is located approximately 45 minutes south of Managua by car, although its higher elevation provides for a far more moderate climate than the capital city.

Did you know?
  • There are about 10 different men’s soccer teams in the town soccer league
  • The colonial church in the center of town is approximately 400 years old 
  • There is typically running water for a few hours a day 
  • You can just about count the number of cars in town on two hands

 

  • There are about 10 different men’s soccer teams in the town soccer league
  • The colonial church in the center of town is approximately 400 years old 
  • There is typically running water for a few hours a day 
  • You can just about count the number of cars in town on two hands

 

Pottery in San Juan de Oriente Nicaragua

Pottery in San Juan de Oriente Nicaragua