I am a lover of anything that screams well-made ceramic or pottery. Vieira Lagoa Ceramics in Sao Miguel, Azores was just the place for me to visit on my recent trip to the island. Family-owned since 1862, one can visit the studio and see the artisans painstakingly honing their craft, as well as treat oneself to a variety of finished products at the studio's store in front. See how the pottery's exquisite colors are produced; for example, pink turns to a vibrant blue once the object is fired in the kiln. Enjoy the signature Portuguese tiles, kitchen items to much in between. A must-stop on Sao Miguel.