Catalina History and tile making experience

Duration: About 90 minutes

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

Adult

$58

Child 5-18

$52

Senior 55+

$52

Adult self transport

$52

no shuttle provided

5-18 self transport

$46

no shuttle provided

55+ own transport

$46

no shuttle provided

Includes 2 tiles per person, and domestic US shipping (international rates may apply) For safety reasons toddlers-4yrs not allowed.

Relax and learn about Catalina History and Tile making during our informative, casual, and active experience.

  • Small class size and round trip shuttle for all inclusive ease and relaxation. Self transportation option available.
  • Perfect mix of in depth History and hands on fun. Plus 2 tiles per person!
  • Great escape from the hustle and bustle of town.
  • Entertainment for all ages and interests.
  • 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.

For safety reasons toddlers -4 year olds cannot be accomodated.

Basic restroom facilities available

Reservations required. Last minute reservations welcome

Shirts, aprons or full coverage provided

Tours available year-round


What to Expect

Getting here…

You will meet our pick up shuttle right in central Avalon at the corner of “Crescent” (the main waterfront street) and “Claressa”. It is one street corner from the entrance to the bright green pier in the direction of the boat dock.  It is only a 3-5 minute walk from the boat dock and within 10 minutes of most accomodations.  There is a tile covered building there covered with original Catalina Tile!.  Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your tour time.  Shuttle called promptly 15 minutes prior to your tour time and usually takes 5-10 minutes.  It is a regular white Avalon Taxi minivan that will pull right up and know where to go.  We provide a day of phone for calls or texts with questions.  For self transportation option please visit our “getting here” link at the bottom of the page. Great for vacation rentals that have a golf cart, those renting bikes or active folks who don’t mind the scenic one mile walk  Call or text 310-499-8799 for directions as well.

While you are here…

First you will relax away from the bustle of town on our colorful patio while we tell you the fascinating tale of all things Catalina Pottery, Tile and more!  Native American lore, geology, archeology, 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.

Then the real fun begins.  Put on an apron, pick your tile patterns and follow along during our quick 10 minute 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 to cover extra materials.  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.

After your visit…

Due to the time needed to finish your tiles, workers 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.

Meeting Location

Crescent and Claressa Ave
Avalon

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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