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Handmade Ceramics in Cuenca Ecuador: Ceramic Art By Eduardo Vega

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel

eduardo-vega-turi-cuenca-logoI love the work of Eduardo Vega.  He is a famous ceramic artist who lives and works in Cuenca.

His shop is right next to his house in Turi, a tourist look off location which overlooks the whole city of Cuenca.  It’s near the top of the hill, on the right hand side going up.

You can park (or get a taxi to drop you off) at the top by the look off point and walk back down the hill (about 2 minutes) and it will be the first house you come to on the left.

He makes a wide range of beautiful and useful pieces. A visit to his shop is kind of like visiting an art gallery and shopping for home decor at the same time.

So even if you don’t end up buying anything (which is not very likely) you’ll be happy you made the trip.  You can even watch the work taking place from a glass viewing window which overlooks the process.

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Entrance into the Eduardo Vega gallery from the main road in Turi.


View of Cuenca from Vega’s Gallery.


My mug and coaster from the Vega Gallery.


These are one of the most popular Ecuador souvenirs for foreign tourists.

Vegas work is very high quality.  I have a mug/coaster and a decorative wall platter (thanks mom!) that I’m very happy with.  I purchased some ceramic “look-a-like Vega” mugs, in Cuenca’s city center, which haven’t held up as well as his.  It’s worth it to pay a bit more for the real thing.

His work is inspired by the people, animals and landscape of Ecuador.  You’ll see pieces with beautiful hummingbirds, animals of the Galapagos, beach and Andean inspired landscapes, fish, owls and Ecuadorians in their traditional dress.

If you are just here on a visit, something from Vega’s shop would make a wonderful souvenir, they wrap it up ready for travel.  Or if you live here, his work will add beauty and a little touch of culture to your home.  It’s also a great place to take visitors.

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Dena Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. She is a travel blogger and content marketer. She is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

12 comments… add one
  • C May 27, 2020, 10:37 am

    I have a couple of small blu/white fish pieces I can part with and am in US. If you are interested, email me and I’ll send photos and price..not expensive but I ask you pay for the shipping. Thanks C

  • ana hoffman Mar 19, 2017, 8:17 pm

    What is the address to his store I have one of his vases and want to see if he has a matching one.

  • F. Blake Wharton Aug 3, 2016, 10:40 am

    My wife and I just returned from Ecuador. We had the opportunity to visit Eduardo Vega’s shop. We purchased a few smaller items. I want to know if there is a way I can order items to be shipped here to the USA. Is there a specific site I can access to do this and will they ship to a location in the USA?

    • sharon Feb 16, 2017, 3:50 pm

      Hi Blake I have some of his pieces, and am looking to sell a few, can you get in touch with me today, and i will send you pictures…my email is thank you Sharon

  • AnnetteSawers Jan 21, 2016, 3:32 pm

    We took a cab up there today and were unable to find it. The only address we had or could find was via Turi 201. Camino a Turi. The cab drive drove up and down and we finally gave up. Is the studio actually in the town of Turi? Does anyone have a better address.

  • Glenn Gould Aug 7, 2015, 3:54 pm

    i have an opportunity to purchase a 3 tile, signed, and certified Vega piece. measures about 26 inches.
    what kind of value would a piece like this have?

  • Debra Robb Roveda Apr 7, 2015, 1:07 pm

    I saw W. Vega’s work at the airport and wanted to purchase several ceramic tiles. I did not realize we were not leaving from the same airport. Can you please tell me if there is a website where I can purchase the artists work?

    Thank you

  • Marco Giannetti Aug 15, 2014, 8:33 pm

    Hi, I have some owls from vega. They were in my fathers estate when he passed. If you intersetsed please let me know.

    • Debbie Edwards Apr 7, 2016, 2:33 am

      Do you happen to have any more pieces from Ecuador you are selling?

  • Jill Sep 15, 2011, 11:50 am

    Hi Dena. I like Vega’s work too. I heard recently that he is no longer selling products from the location in Turi. Do you know whether or not that is true because I was thinking of making a trip up there and maybe finding a couple of things for our home. Besides, my husband dropped my mug and broke the handle so I have an excuse for a new one.

    • Dena Haines Sep 16, 2011, 9:43 pm

      Hey Jill,

      I don’t know for sure, these pictures were taken a while ago.
      Does anyone know if the location in Turi is still selling? If you have been there recently, please comment on this post.
      There is a place on 12 de Abril that sells his work. I’ll do a post about it soon.
      Too bad about your mug Jill, but it will be fun to get a new one 🙂

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