Santiago Gutierrez was born May 14, 1984 in the indigenous pottery village of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. At four years old Santiago would clean clay and hand it to his Grandmother while she would coil large clay ollas in the Nicoyan tradition of the village.
At 15 years old Santiago began to work in village pottery shops while still attending school. He would work until 2 am demonstrating the dedication and work ethic that would later serve him in becoming one of the finest cultural potters in the world today.SEE SANTIAGO'S NEW ARTWORKS
NICA Ceramic Art was born out of the Peace Corps experience of founder Paul H. Devoti in the indigenous pottery pueblo of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua. The mission of NICA Ceramic Art is to expose the world to the ceramic art work of the master artisans of the pueblo as well as the Nicoyan Indian heritage behind their craft.