Private Catalina History & Tile-Making Experience

Duration: About 2 hours

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

up to 6 ppl


Includes transportation

up to 10 ppl


Includes transportation

up to 12 ppl


includes transportation

Includes 2 tiles per person, and domestic US shipping (international rates may apply) For safety reasons toddlers from walking to four must have dedicated care giver at all times. infants welcome.

Enjoy your exclusive studio experience during Avalons' most "off the beaten path" activity. Text or phone 310-499-8799 for availability

  • Led by renowned tile artist Robin Cassidy, whose work appears in collections and tile installations throughout Southern California.
  • Round trip transportation, flexible start times and all inclusive package makes planning a breeze!
  • You will be entertained by our tale of Native history, geology, and all things Catalina Tile as well as local lore, fun facts and gossip.
  • Great for groups of mixed ages and interests. Teenagers and reluctant husbands all agree.
  • See our video below and check us out on Google, Trip Advisor and Yelp to see what a great time is had by all.
  • TEXT OR PHONE 310-499-8799 for info and booking. I may be touring or knee deep in mud so I will return you inquiry ASAP.

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 four 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

Unexpectedly fun!

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.

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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