Caribbean Heritage From The Simplicity Of Clay

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A report from Jamaica’s Gleaner.

I first met Patricia “Tricia” Fay on one of her trips to Jamaica. She was travelling with a potter from Saint Lucia, where Fay had lived for two years.

Fay, a professional potter in Massachusetts, in 1993, she had a graduate degree in ceramics, her own studio, and an established business “making high-end functional pots” when she took a family vacation to St Lucia.

At a local market there, her whole life was altered. She bought the most honest pot she had ever seen and spent the next 24 years “trying to understand the story embedded in this one apparently simple pot”.

Creole Clay: Heritage Ceramics in the Contemporary Caribbean is a well-written account of the lives and work of scores of Caribbean people in St Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana, with special emphasis on Saint Lucia.


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