Casa de Yokavil


Argentina Catamarca Fuerte Quemado

Ceramist - Archaeologist UNLP Argentina

Fuerte Quemado Catamarca Argentina

Karina Garrett

The residents' home and workshop is located in the heart of northwestern Argentina overlooking the Andes Mountains

The residents' home and workshop is located in the heart of northwestern Argentina overlooking the Andes Mountains The CASA DE YOKAVIL program has as its main objective the investigation of America's original ceramics, artistic creation and education. Since 2019, it offers Residencies and Workshops aimed at national and international potters, artists, managers and archaeologists who wish to train in pre-Hispanic and traditional archaeological ceramic techniques. The space is located in the Calchaquí Valley, Catamarca province, in Argentina, South America. The house and the residents' workshop is located on a rural farm, in a valley with a native forest surrounded by mountains and rivers, in the heart of northwestern Argentina with views of the Andes mountain range. This location is strategic for its beauty and natural resources, possesses important clay quarries and offers great cultural richness in the tradition of artisans with pre-Hispanic roots. The proposal consists in making pottery with pre-Hispanic techniques, reproducing the complete sequence of making a piece, from beginning to end. This means walking through the landscape, recognizing the raw materials, collecting them and manipulating them in the workshop. The pottery is made by hand and the colors are prepared by hand with clay and mineral pigments. Firing takes place in wood-fired ovens. The proposal also includes walks in natural environments and visits to archaeological sites and traditional villages. The program promotes respect for the environment and research for the construction of a sustainable space, which includes the vision and participation of the area’s inhabitants and integrating them into social, cultural and economic activities. CASA DE YOKAVIL offers training based on the horizontal relationship between students and teachers. In each case, participants are guided by teachers throughout the educational and practical experience of ceramics. The admission of interested parties who do not have experience as potters is not excluded. In 2020, CASA DE YOKAVIL also activated online teaching, offering group and individual classes with personalized accompaniment. The residencies and workshops provide training in theoretical aspects, technical processes, ancestral burning methods, applied research and the creation of works with the support of an instructor throughout the process. Raw materials, tools and baked goods are included.

Modalities are as follows
Individual creation residency: up to 3 participants. Duration: 1 - 2 weeks.

Residence for group creation: up to 12 participants. Duration: 5 days - 1 week.

Services: the residents' house is a building made of "adobe" (a mixture of clay, water and straw), offering three rooms with a private bathroom, plus kitchen and multipurpose space of 80 square meters. Wi-Fi is available.

The outdoor recreational and work space consists of a garden and a 3-hectare (7.5-acre) nature reserve with native forest between the Santa María River and the hills.

The workshop or studio has a large workspace with natural lighting and an outdoor area with raw material processing areas and wood-fired ceramic kilns.

Participation in the activities includes accommodation and all meals, some cooked in an earthen pot and others in the traditional wood-fired oven. The kitchen is available and fully equipped.

Residents will experience training, research and creation in a space surrounded by nature.

Languages required are Spanish/English/Italian/Portuguese.

Applications: interested parties are asked to submit a proposal for a specific project that can be developed and exhibited during their stay at CASA DE YOKAVIL. Applications are reviewed and selected for their feasibility of implementation, favoring projects that dialogue with the environmental, historical or cultural context of the place or region. For more information write to the contact links.


E-mail: [email protected] Whatsapp: +5492281400332 Instagram: @karinagarrett.catamarca Youtube: Karina Garrett LA CASA DI YOKAVIL


It is an international ceramic residency that safeguards and disseminates pre-Hispanic ceramic techniques. It is run by Karina Garrett, a ceramicist from Argentina invited to participate in the International MATRES Festival of Women's Ceramics from August 24 to 28, 2022 with an exhibition of her personal work and a workshop on ancestral ceramics from the American continent.


Ceramic work of the author Course participants and produced works Yokavil Residence Catamarca landscape Ceramic residence and activities Raw materials research Pre-Hispanic ceramic replicas

Karina Garrett Opera ceramica Residenza ceramica-Attività Repliche in ceramica preispaniche


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