Travel for the love of pottery
Collected by Adriana Yampey , AFAR Local Expert
Pottery is one of the few things I spend money on while traveling. It's beautiful and very useful. I love seeing it in museums, art galleries, markets and, why not, even make my own.
Emukai, Hagi, Yamaguchi Prefecture 758-0041, Japan
Artisans of Leisure’s privately guided, 17-day ceramics tour visits potters in 11 towns, including Imbe (known for its rustic Bizen-yaki ceramics) and Hagi (famous for its glazed tea accesories). Hands-on, clay-to-fire sessions can be arranged on...
It might seem blasphemous that Hans Tan, the 32-year-old designer behind Singapore’s Hans Tan Studio, takes a sandblaster to highly collectible Nonyaware pottery. But Tan’s limited edition Spotted Nyonya collection is his reinterpretation of the...
Quartier Ain Noqbi, Fès, Morocco
Some travelers are exhausted by the haggling in the souks of Morocco, by the barely-organized chaos of the medinas. In Fes, the stunning mosaic tile creations that are so typical all over the country can be bought directly from the artisans who...
Perdana, Jalan Lembah, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The largest collection of Islamic art in South East Asia can be found in the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia. There are four floors, spread over 30,000 square meters. Two floors are designated for permanent collections, while galleries in the other...
514 W Commerce St, San Antonio, TX 78207, USA
Walking into El Mercado Market Square is like entering another world, with its rows of color climbing the walls and hugging the aisles. It's the largest Mexican market outside of Mexico. A San Antonio trolley will drop you off here for free. The...
Popular for its hundreds (or is it thousands?) of blue doors and window panes, the town of Chefchaouen is one of Morocco's top shopping destinations. While perusing the medina for woven blankets or gorgeous leather bags, challenge yourself to a...
7 Marrinup Dr, Yallingup WA 6282, Australia
The Studio Gallery and Bistro, inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, showcases the country’s rich arts and crafts culture. Many of the works draw inspiration from nature. Vessels from Pippin Drysdale’s “Tanami Mapping”...
139 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Whenever I’m in Philly’s Old City neighborhood, I love to visit the Clay Studio. Its gallery is one of the best places to browse or shop in the city, with gorgeous artist made creations in all price ranges. The Clay Studio is also a teaching...
Prinsengracht 645, 1016 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands
Headquartered about an hour north of the city, Royal Tichelaar Makkum has been making traditional Dutch pottery and tiles for more than four centuries. In Amsterdam proper, the design store Frozen Fountain sells modern Makkum pieces, including...
Thanh Hà, Hội An, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
One overcast day in Hoi An, my husband and I wandered down to the river and found a lady and her 2 young daughters willing to row us about 30 minutes up river, to a pottery-making village we had read about. When we arrived, the little girls...
One worthwhile activity when visiting Jordan is to browse the many women's cooperatives around the country (for example, the Petra Pottery Workshop shown above). These establishments not only allow you to watch women create beautiful handicrafts,...
Rue du Dessous des Clos, 51160 Hautvillers, France
Ceramicist Mathilde Vernillet makes and sells her pottery in a tiny workshop and storefront just off the main square in Hautvillers. Choose among practical containers and dinnerware with lustrous glazes and meticulously perforated, lace-like art...
Avenue Ben Mohamed El Alaoui, N° 1 Takharbicht، Laayoune Rcif، Fes 30200, Morocco
Probably one of my favorite souvenirs from Morocco are the mini tagines I bought from a friend's shop and a pottery factory we visited in Fes, where these mini tagines were also available in what I've been told are the city's emblematic blue and...
40 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
The Annapolis Pottery is a unique shop that sells pottery made by American artisans and also has in-house working studio where potters produce merchandise. The store's goal is to offer creative and functional artwork that can be integrated into...
10125 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48214, USA
My mother first took me to Pewabic Pottery when I was a child. Returning today, I found it as fascinating as ever. The historic Tudor Revival building on Jefferson that houses Pewabic is now a classroom, showroom, working studio, museum, and...
40 State Cir, Annapolis, MD 21401, USA
As the only full-fledged working pottery right in Annapolis' historic district, this pottery studio and boutique was established in 1969 and carries one of the largest selections of hand crafted practical ceramics and pottery in the entire state...
212 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
In the NE Arts District of Minneapolis is Two 12 Pottery, a quirky store that is local to its core. Stoneware pottery is made on site and you can sometimes catch artists throwing clay at the wheel. It is also stacked high with other handcrafted...
4701 W 64th St, Edina, MN 55435, USA
Whether you want to get your hands dirty or just have a look, the Edina Art Center is a creative oasis. In the Margaret Foss gallery, rotating exhibits of local and national artists are on display, but in the lower level of the building, artists...
161 Qianjin Rd, JiangNan DaDao, Haizhu Qu, Guangzhou Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 510220
Chinese porcelain is globally recognized, and Guangzhou is home to some of the most colorful enamel styles (described locally as Cantonese colorful pottery). While picking up some rare, original pieces may break the bank, you can make and decorate...
128 E Park Ave ste b, Charlotte, NC 28203, USA
Lark & Key Gallery is unusual, walking the line between a more traditional art gallery and a boutique focused on crafts. The focus is on visual design, from the prints and paintings to jewelry to the elaborately hand-painted pottery & ceramics.
Chifeng Rd, Jin Jie, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China, 300041
Reminiscent of both Gaudi and Vegas, the Porcelain House is an old French-style mansion that has been encrusted—inside and out—with colorful antique pottery and crystal. Porcelain collector Zhang Lianzhi bought the building, built during the...
Calz. Jesús González Gallo 20, El Rosario, 44898 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
No worries about the provenance of souvenirs bought here: the government-owned and operated Instituto de la Artesania Jalisciense certifies that all of the handcrafts and work on sale in this shop were made by artists who call the state of Jalisco...
Rotterdamseweg 196, 2628 AR Delft, Netherlands
A great way to spend a few hours while you're in The Netherlands is to visit the Porceleyne Fles in Delft. The factory dating back to the 17th Century is a great place to visit. We got to see up close and personal the makers of the beautiful...
09049 Villasimius, Province of Cagliari, Italy
I think the best souvenir is one made by local artists. I visit galleries across the world to find one-of-a-kind housewares and decor that use local techniques, but are not kitschy - they have an artistic point of view. At home, these finds...
No. 34, Section 1, Dihua St, Datong District, Taipei City, Taiwan 103
The new ArtYard now has two locations on historic Dihua Street. Its shops specialize in items made by Taipei designers, such as silkscreened home textiles by In Blooom and indigo-glazed ceramics from Hakka Blue. The Leaf Eggs canister (shown) was...
2900 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
I hadn't been to the San Francisco location of Heath Ceramics, and was excited to learn it would play host for the release party of the new WILDSAM field guide to San Francisco. The space, design, colors and layout of the store feel a lot like the...
San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua
We were on a day tour that took us to the Masaya volcano, Lake Apoyo, and the Masaya Market. I'd just spent more than I planned at the Masaya Market, so I was bummed when we got to this ceramics school and I didn't have anymore shopping money left...
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