Barbados has an interesting art and craft world that often blends Afro-Caribbean with Western influences for a unique impact. There is a vibrant art community here that embraces virtually all forms of media. You can find water colors, basketry, mahogany carvings, shell work, jewellery, fine wood, metal sculpture and pottery work.
Earthworks Pottery located in St. Thomas creates one of the widest and most interesting selections of hand made pottery in the Caribbean. The range of functional dinnerware, place settings and serving pieces is made before your eyes, and visitors are encouraged to tour the studio.
Chalky Mount Potteries is located in the eastern part of Barbados, within the parish of St. Andrew. Spend a few hours watching local potters at work honing their craft into elaborate unique pieces. One can also purchase authentic, local pieces of pottery as gifts or souvenirs and take photos with craftsmen. Not to be missed are the breath-taking views of the picturesque East coast.
The Pelican Craft Centre, near the Bridgetown Port, has the largest selection of local craft on the island and you can watch many of the craftspeople at work.
Whilst some treasures are sought, others are chanced upon, so on your travels around Barbados be sure to visit some of our talented artists at their studios. They will be delighted to show their work and you will have an interesting glimpse of Bajan life. Perhaps you'll find a unique treasure as a reminder of our 'island in the sun'.
There is a wide variety of beautiful local craftwork, much of it created out of the island's most readily available natural resources such as clay, wood, pandanus grass, palm leaves, bamboo shells and leather. In addition to the many craft outlets on the island, there are several festivals held to celebrate aspects of the island's culture where local craftspeople showcase their work. These include the Holetown Festival in February, the Oistins Festival in April, Bridgetown Market during Crop Over in July and the Museum's Christmas Fair in December.
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