Deluxe Catalina History & Tile-Making Experience

Duration: About 90 minutes

Location: Pick up location in downtown Avalon. Studio located 1 mile from town.

Adult

$79

Child 5-18

$72

Senior 55+

$72

Adult self transport

$72

no shuttle provided

5-18 self transport

$65

no shuttle provided

55+ self transport

$65

no shuttle provided

Includes 2 tiles per person, and domestic US shipping (international rates may apply) For safety reasons toddlers younger than four years old not allowed.

Learn about Island history and Catalina tile making during this artist-led experience.

  • Small class size and round trip shuttle for all-inclusive ease and relaxation. Self-transportation option available.
  • Led by renowned tile artist Robin Cassidy, whose work appears in collections and tile installations throughout Southern California.
  • Perfect mix of in-depth history and hands-on fun. Plus two tiles per person!
  • Great escape from the hustle and bustle of town.
  • Enjoy a truly local and unique experience. You will see the Island from a whole new perspective.

Convenient central Avalon pick up location

Self transportation option available. See "getting here" link at bottom of page.

The studio is located up one flight of stairs. Seating available during experience.

Appropriate for children ages five and up.

Basic restroom facilities available

Reservations required. Last-minute reservations welcome.

Shirts, aprons or full coverage provided.

Tours available year-round


What to Expect

Relax away from the bustle of town on our colorful patio while we tell you the fascinating tale of all things Catalina tile, pottery, and more!  Native American lore, geology, archaeology, and California history all play a part. Your new knowledge will help you appreciate and enjoy all you will see throughout the town of Avalon.

Once you learn about the role this unique Catalina craft played in Island history, you’ll put on an apron, pick your tile patterns and follow along during our interactive lesson.  You will be confident enough to then work at your own pace to create an additional tile. If the tile bug really bites, you are free to create extra tiles at a nominal fee. Don’t worry, we are there to assist you every step of the way.  Next your tiles will set in the molds a few minutes while you decide just how you would like them colored up.  Finally the wet tiles will fall right out of the molds and you will see how you have become a real pro!

You can peruse our Catalina themed library and view all our “mini” exhibits to add to your new-found knowledge and browse our small gallery, often filled with deals, seconds and fun finds — you’ll also receive a 15% discount.

After your visit…

Due to the time needed to finish your tiles, we will color and “fire” the tiles. We will send the tiles within about 3 weeks. The tiles are 4″ x 4″ fully fired stoneware tiles suitable for installations indoors our out.  Extra tiles available at charge of $8 ea.  Fees include all materials and domestic US shipping via USPS.  International shipping fees may apply.

We've created a peaceful and colorful oasis where you will learn and create in style.

Pebbly Beach

Pebbly Beach is our "industrial" area. In true artist form we've transformed our shipping container into a fun and funky artist retreat.


Where to Meet

You will meet our shuttle at the corner of "Crescent" (the main waterfront street) and "Claressa". This is one street corner from the entrance to the bright green pier. It's about a 3-5 minute walk from the boat dock/cruise ship dock and a 2-10 minute walk from most accomodations in town. Map and day of phone number will be provided with any last minute questions. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your tour time. Shuttle will be called 15 minutes prior to your tour time and usually arrives in about 5-10 minutes. It is a regular white Avalon Taxi minivan that will pull up to the bench at the corner and know where to go. For those choosing the self transportation option please visit our "getting here" page.

Get Directions

Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Yes!!  Extra tiles are available at a charge of $8 per tile.  The charge is all inclusive for materials, processing and additional shipping charges.  Payment is accepted at time of tour

Our studio is located about 1 mile from town. It is a flat seaside route that takes about 15 minutes to walk.  Bike and Taxi options available.  Golf carts can be pricey to rent hourly but many vacation rentals provide them.  Round trip transportation is included in our Deluxe tour option with a convenient central pick up location.  Pick up location information provided with your booking.For info please follow this link.  Getting Here

Our Basic Tile class holds up to 10 people. Our deluxe option is limited to 8.  Private parties can be reserved for up to 12.

 

Yes we have parking available for those traveling to the studio using a rental golf cart or bike.  Please look for the “Please Park Here” sign posted outside the facility.

For safety reasons we are unable to accomodate children under 5 year of age.

Still have questions?   Visit our FAQ page to submit your own

"What a great experience Robin gave us. She shared so much island history and her personal stories make it so much fun! We also got to create our very own Catalina tiles. This is a must do tour!

Dawn J, Trip Advisor

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