Saint Lucia’s traditional crafts – open-fired pottery, baskety and furniture making – can be found in the beautiful Quarter of Choiseul, nestled in the shadow of Gros Piton.
Today we bring you a short video of one of elders of the fabulous community of women potters. Mary Leo agreed to let us film her making a souvenir version of Saint Lucia’s clay cooking stove, the coalpot.
If you are as fascinated by this as we are, you’ll be happy to know you can book a tour to this potter’s workshop with Vin’s Agri-Tours, run by Mary’s daughter Vinaya. Miss Leo will introduce you to the beautiful – but laborious! – craft of making objects from local clay.
You can watch a demonstration, ask questions and try your hand at making a clay souvenir yourself! Whatever you choose to do you will learn all about the different objects produced out of clay, the techniques and the historical and cultural importance of pottery to the Choiseul community.
And don’t worry – you can also buy Mary Leo’s expertly made pottery as well as an enticing assortment of other traditional and contemporary local crafts at Vin’s Boutique.
With the breathtaking Gros Piton in the back-yard and beautiful Anse l’Ivrogne Beach a short walk away, complete with a ‘blue hole’ to snorkel or dive, you might want to amend your vacation or staycation plans and spend a few nights in the lovely B&B accommodation as well!
Find Mary Leo and Vin’s Boutique here: https://w3w.co/tinkle.waterfalls.supervisors
Contact Vinaya for this tour; rambles around the farm and community or down to Anse l’Ivrogne Beach or to stay in the BnB