Have fun with friends and family and create special gifts for the holidays or for a special occasion. Rincón Pottery is now offering one hour sessions for you to make your very own plates full of memories, or “MemoPlates” as we like to call them!

During these sessions, you will be supplied with everything you need to make these completely functional 5 inch square hand-built plates. Using stamps, shells, corals and colored underglazes you will be able to decorate them and create your own unique masterpieces. This experience is suitable for all ages (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).

Make a MemoPlate…
• As a unique gift for the grandparents this holiday season
• To mark the arrival of a new baby (e.g. baby hand prints)
• To commemorate a special occasion (e.g. birthday, anniversary or honeymoon)
• For use during a special event (e.g. a ring plate for your wedding)
• Just to have fun!

Book a session for yourself or bring a group of friends. The cost is $25 per plate, with a minimum of $50 (i.e. 2 plates) per 1 hour session. This includes all materials, glazes and firings. Shipping, if needed, is not included (around $10 per shipping address).
Clay takes time to dry and fire, so plates are usually ready 4 weeks after the date of the workshop.

Call or email us for more info, or to make a booking.
Visit our website for contact information.

Click here to read a recent customer review of a MemoPlate experience:

Click here to see photos of Hands on Clay experiences at Rincón Pottery


We are clearly fully into the “island time” mentality now as a rare moment of speed and efficiency surprised us both today! 🙂

Over the weekend I decided it was time we upgraded to High Definition TV with our Dish satellite service. This was mainly because they’ve been advertising “free HD for life” a lot recently, they’ve now added enough HD channels down here in PR to make it worth while and, most importantly, the English Premiership football season is starting in just under 4 weeks.

We called Dish yesterday (to a call centre on the mainland), established we were eligible for the deal and told them to go ahead. The agent said “we have availability in your area tomorrow between 8am and noon, is that ok?”
“Sure” we said, laughing to each other about how they clearly weren’t familiar with how things happen down here. (We once spent 4 weeks chasing various local Dish engineers to come and wire up our new downstairs TV and eventually gave up and bought and ran all the cable ourselves).

Lo and behold at 8.20am this morning the phone rings and it is a local Dish technician asking where we live (I fondly remember the days of having an actual address). We went and met him at the nearby school on the main road (a good landmark) and he followed us back to our house. Shortly thereafter I was watching ESPN, Fox Soccer Channel, Tennis Channel and the Golf Channel (among many others) in all their HD glory!

One of the reasons we moved here was for the more relaxed lifestyle, but I must admit it is still nice to get something done on time after only a single phone call.
Small victories can be sweet! 🙂

This morning we got to play with our new “toy” for the first time:
an inflatable 2-person canoe….

Nick with canoe
A boat in a bag

Inflation in progress (didn’t take long)

Ready to go
All set and ready to go

Rower Miri
Miri doing all the work while I mess around with the camera!

Originally I was a bit suspicious of the inflatable canoe concept, but it seems very sturdy and stable and handled more or less the same as a rigid one. The big advantage for us is the ease of storage and transport.

We spent about an hour paddling along the coast enjoying the morning. Pepe’s was open when we got back to the car, so we had a well earned beer and empanadilla (well, I did anyway!).

After a long spell of not trying any new restaurants, we’ve recently been on a blitz of new experiences, and found a couple of ‘keepers’ in the process. As it turned out both are more or less on the water, have great sunset views, are not tourist hang outs and (shock and horror!) are in Aguada, not Rincón. 🙂

“Guayabos Tropical Sunset” is a beach front restaurant/bar. Its ramshackle wooden structure gives it a low-key, local bar vibe and so our food expectations were set accordingly. The restaurant deck out back is as close to the ocean as any I’ve seen here…
Guayabos Tropical Sunset
Right on the ocean

It was busy and had a great atmosphere and fast, friendly service. The biggest surprise of the evening was when the main course showed up, beautifully presented on large square china plates…
Surprisingly sophisticated food

Miri had fish and I had churrasco (skirt steak). Both were very tasty and good value for money (no $30 mains here). So with good food, friendly service and great ambience this was one of our best new dining experiences in a long time…
Sunset at “Guayabos Tropical Sunset”

A few days later, we tried another place a bit further along the coast in Aguada. This was a Mexican restaurant called “Acapulco”. As it turned out this used to be a bar called “La Rampa”, which was one of the very first places we went out after we moved here!
Nick at La Rampa in Aug 2007
Playing pool at La Rampa back in August 2007

2 years and 8 months later and we were back…
Now it’s called Acapulco

The location is great, with just a small road between the restaurant and the ocean…
Close to the ocean

Miri had enchiladas and I had a burrito. The food was good without being spectacular, although I would recommend the chicken breast (pechuga) burrito. It had good flavour and was good value at $7.50. Probably our biggest criticism is that their cutlery is disposable plastic. We both dislike eating with plastic knives and forks as we feel it adversely affects the enjoyment of the food. Overall though we see this as a great spot to have a few cold coronas and cheap, tasty burritos while watching the sun go down…
Sunset at “Acapulco”

For our New Year’s Eve we eschewed the lure of busy bars and parties and instead relaxed on our balcony in our hammocks, cracked open a bottle of wine and watched the fireworks in comfort. People were setting fireworks off all around the valley at various times from about 9pm onwards, so it was never dull!

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2010 folks!

In my hammock (trying not to fall asleep!)…

Neighbourhood fireworks…

Last night we treated ourselves to an evening of culture. The Horned Dorset Primavera Hotel, our local Relais & Chateaux resort right here in Rincón, was holding an event to commemorate this year’s 200 anniversary of Joseph Haydn‘s death (for some reason, the folks over at the HD decided to call it a 200th birthday celebration, but hey, we’re all about the facts here at nickandmiri!).

The evening included appetizers on the lovely veranda overlooking the sea, following by a string quartet concert, featuring Haydn’s music of course. We then enjoyed a lovely 4 course meal. All in all, very civilized!

To our surprise, Björk, Icelandic avant-garde singer-songwriter, composer, actress and music producer extrodinare, was in attendance. Seems she is in our neck of the woods for a while, recording her latest album. Of course, I couldn’t resist personally welcoming Björk to our little town and inviting her and her entourage to my pottery studio, should they feel like a bit of a break from the recording studio. Hey, wouldn’t you love to have Björk in YOUR studio??? I’m not gonna be waiting by the phone but how cool would that be? Boy would I love to see what she’d make!

I’m often asked why we moved to Puerto Rico, to which I usually give a long-winded answer, but here I can answer much more succinctly:

This is where we spent our morning…
Tres Hermanos

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