I 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 that 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 that overlooks the process.
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.