Duration: One hour
Location: Pick up location in downtown Avalon. Studio located 1 mile from town.
Our Catalina Tile Experience studio is located up one flight of stairs
This Catalina activity is available year round.
This experience is available for children ages five and up.
An ideal combination of creating and learning.
Aprons will be provided.
Basic restrooms are available on site.
Catalina tile is a celebrated part of the culture of the island. Create your own tile and learn more about this unique craft at our Discover Catalina Tile experience.
During your visit …
You’ll be offered a brief introduction and lesson on working with clay before spending time creating your own Catalina tile souvenir. You’ll get to choose from dozens of designs, ranging from traditional Catalina patterns to flowers, fish and geometric icons.
We’ll be available for any questions or assistance as you make your tile. Once it comes out of the mold, choose your colors for later firing.
After your tile is made, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the interactive exhibits in our mini-museum, filled with Catalina facts and artifacts. We showcase many unique items as well as rare and out-of-print materials. You’ll also want to spend time in our gallery store, where you’ll find an array of unique souvenirs and receive a 15% discount on all purchases.
After your visit…
Due to the time needed to finish your tile, we will color and “fire” the tile. We will send the tile within about 3 weeks. The tiles created at the Catalina Tile Experience are 4″ x 4″ fully fired stoneware tiles suitable for installations indoors our out. Extra tiles available at a cost of $8 each Fees include all materials and domestic US shipping via USPS. International shipping fees may apply.
You will meet our shuttle at the corner of Crescent Ave. (the main waterfront street) and Claressa Ave., one block from the 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 accommodations in town. Map and day of phone number will be provided for last-minute questions. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your tour time to meet your shuttle, which is an Avalon Taxi white minivan. For self-transport options, visit the Getting Here page.Get Directions
For safety reasons we are unable to accomodate children under 5 year of age.
Yes. Reservations are required in advance. We have both self-transportation and transportation included tour options and your reservation confirmation will be used to provide you with accurate and detailed information as to when and where you will need to go. Last minute reservations are welcome.
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
You will be making the clay tile. You will not be glazing (painting) the tiles. The tiles must air dry for several days and go into the kiln overnight before they are ready for the color. We would love to fit it all into one experience but we find that folks find the clay part the fun part anyways.
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CristinaV -- TripAdvisor
"We learned so much about Catalina and enjoyed the tile-making experience. My 8-year-old son had fun too!"