A family trip to Barbados would simply not be complete without a visit to Earthworks Pottery. Capturing the spirit of this island, the vibrant handmade pottery reflects the turquoise sea, blue skies, sun-baked yellow light, and brilliantly warm terracotta. The organic designs of sun and sea, palm trees and turtles, whimsical waves and swirls, flow beautifully. Each table setting is a celebration. Hand-packed securely as carry-ons for the flight, these treasures travel home safely. And this may be the best part: setting a table on a dreary and dull grey winter day!

Every part of this pottery is accessible for viewing. In this friendly atmosphere, watch the artists and artisans at work, featuring David Spieler at the wheel, and Goldie Spieler hand-building gallery-quality pieces. Over the years, favourite purchases have been fish platters and bakeware, tortoise tiles, teapots (they pour beautifully), monogrammed mugs, and chattel-house lanterns...even a bathroom sink! Earthworks will personalize your pottery so you can call ahead or order online; they make shipping easy. A wedding plate makes a wonderful gift, unique when handpainted with the bride and groom's name and date of their celebration, it becomes a family heirloom.

After shopping, sip tea at the terrace restaurant, tucked away in the mountainside, overlooking a magnificent view of the island. Tear yourself away from the beach and go to Earthworks! Follow the well-placed signs throughout the island. It's a feast for the eyes!