I LOVE art and crafts, particularly ethnic or cultural art and crafts from all corners of the world. I always try to pick up something unique and handmade during my travels so that every time I catch a glimpse of it, I remember my fabulous trip. Wassi Art pottery fits the bill.
If you're looking for a special gift or souvenir, please check out the beautiful pottery from Jamaica's own Wassi Art Pottery Works. Just like most places in the world today, a lot of Jamaica's souvenirs are really made in China, or are churned out of some factory by the hundreds. Don't you want something only YOU will have in your home for everyone to admire, something lovingly made by hand?
WassiArt creates some beautiful pieces of art pottery! Most of their artists are self-taught and are recruited from rural communities. And their clay is dug by hand from the Blue Mountains. So this art and its artisans are truly indigenous to Jamaica! It's the real deal. These pieces are cherished island treasures.
The name Wassi (wha-see) is an old Jamaica dialect word meaning "terrific", stinging like a wasp, a trait of excellence. Founded in 1990, Wassi Art pottery has made its way into many homes around the world. It's now considered to be one of the premier pottery factories in the Caribbean.
As you can see in these photos, WassiArt's themes focus on daily Jamaican life, love, human spirit, family, nature and beauty. Some of the pieces you see here are older, so you may not find them today. But they have hundreds of other unique pieces to offer. Each piece is one-of-a-kind but, if you saw something you loved and it's no longer available, they will have it re-made just for you.
If you're staying on the North Coast (or doing a day trip), be sure to visit their main pottery studio and showroom at 16 Main Street, Ocho Rios, St. Ann; Phone: (876) 974-5044. They're open Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm & Public Holidays 9am-4pm. See the artists at work and enjoy the beautiful pieces that appeal to collectors and art lovers alike. It's well worth a trip!
WassiArt also has a nice showroom in the Things Jamaican store at the Devon House Shops, 26 Hope Road in Kingston. They are open Monday thru Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. The Devon House shop also offers a wide array of fine Jamaican art from both established and up and coming artists, so there are lots of pieces to fall in love with. Visit the WassiArt website or WassiArt on Facebook to see more of their beautiful creations.
Aren't these pieces lovely?! Of course we could buy items online and have them shipped to us, but I think this calls for a special "buying trip" to Jamaica! :yes: