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Ceramic sculpture, 'Bus to Tikal' - Hand Crafted Guatemala Chicken Bus Ceramic Sculpture Curate

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Bus to Tikal Hand Crafted Guatemala Chicken Bus Ceramic Sculpture

In white and blue, this bus is on its way to Tikal. "For tourists visiting... more

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In white and blue, this bus is on its way to Tikal. "For tourists visiting Guatemala, getting on a 'chicken bus' is quite an adventure, and for those of us who live here, it's part of our daily life. Hop on, find a place to sit and enjoy the ride!" says Jose Arriola of his inspiration. Working with ceramics, he sculpts a detailed replica of the legendary bus, mostly adapted from vintage school bus. "We call these 'chicken buses' because they're usually packed as full as a poultry coop," explains the Guatemalan artist.

  • 0.28 kgs
  • 0.6 lbs
  • 11.5 cm H x 14 cm W x 7 cm D
  • 4.5" H x 5.5" W x 2.8" D

  • Ceramic
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Free Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Premium Gift Wrap? Yes
  • Made in Guatemala.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Central America
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Jose creates the most beautiful ceramic ornaments and figurines. His family has lived in Antigua for more than 100 years and he takes great pride in practicing the same ceramic techniques his ancestors used. He wishes to help this tradition continue and he teaches anyone in his community who has an interest in learning.

Jose's beautiful work and his preservation of cultural techniques have brought him recognition in national exhibitions, and his municipality even created a video showing the process of how he creates his figurines.

Jose's children are all grown but but he does provide financial support for the education of one person outside of his family and he occasionally supports other children's school expenses.

Jose has been dealing with diabetes for over 17 years. His condition has caused many problems for him, but currently he is able to control it and enjoy his life.

Jose provides employment to several people within his community.

Several universities have recognized Jose for his work.

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"A Cherished Gift"

This was a gift, and my friend loves it. I ordered one for each of us, as we traveled to Guatemala twice together. If hers is as lovely as mine, it is quite beautiful. Well-crafted and colorful. And a memento of wonderful travels through Guatemala on?the chicken bus.? I highly recommend this artist.

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Jose Arriola

Meet the Artist
Jose Arriola

Ceramic ornaments and figurines

Central America
8 artist reviews

8 Testimonials for Jose Arriola


Montana, USA

We are very delighted with the whimsical birds which now hang on our Christmas tree. They are brightly colored and well detailed. Love the toucan!

Bobbi Jo

New Jersey/United States

I purchased star ornaments for my best friend for Christmas. She, her husband, and each of her children were able to pick a star for their own. They loved it!