If you’re looking for a holiday that is packed full of opportunities to browse and learn more about arts and crafts then why not visit Jersey?
The largest of the Channel Islands, the isle has a rich history for encouraging creativity and you will find a thriving market for these products when you take flights to Jersey.
Events take place throughout the year where you can spend some time looking at gorgeous examples of pottery, art, jewellery and other items to see if anything convinces you to dig out your purse, while other occasions offer you the chance to have a go yourself.
But whatever dates you choose to come and stay in Jersey hotels, you will discover there is plenty to whet your appetite if this is your passion.
First stop on the itinerary should be a visit to Jersey Pottery in Gorey Village. Beginning its life as a simple tourist attraction in 1946, Jersey Pottery has gone on to become a thriving and award-winning brand that is sold in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Its packed showroom is the perfect place to go if you want to invest in some of the beautiful ceramics it produces and you will find hundreds of designs to choose from. But don’t worry if there is no room in your suitcase to buy anything as this still makes for a great day out. You can watch ceramics as they go through every step of the production process and even have a go at painting some yourself!
As if that wasn’t enough, Jersey Pottery Cafes can be found across the island. These award-winning eateries are the perfect place to stop, whether you are looking to relax with a delicious cake and some tea or sample some of the more gourmet fare.
However, you have only just begun to scratch the surface in terms of all the arts and crafts attractions Jersey has to offer. Another worthwhile stop is at Bouchet Agateware Pottery. Here, artist Tony Bouchet has made it his life’s work to master agateware – ceramics that feature two-tone layered colouring in a similar pattern to that found in the natural stone. Indeed, he claims that the examples he has produced are the only perfected and flawless pieces available today.
If pottery and ceramics are your thing then you could also stop by The Pottery in Belvedere Terrace, which is owned by US potter Theresa Robinson. In addition to watching her at work, you will be able to see some of the beautiful products she has produced.
But there are more great examples of arts and crafts to be discovered in Jersey than ceramics alone. Why not head to Catherine Best’s showroom and shop, where you will be able to explore the dazzling selection of jewellery she has designed? Almost every item is unique and if you are in the lucky position to be able to buy one then it could serve as a great reminder of your holiday.
Another gorgeous accessory that could keep the memory of your trip alive forever can be found at Jersey Pearl, where visitors have the chance to choose their own oyster and then have the pearl that is contained within set in a beautiful gold or silver pendant. This is also the largest collection of pearl jewellery to be found anywhere on the Channel Islands so is certainly worth checking out.
Likewise, a trip to Jersey Goldsmiths in St Lawrence could keep the whole family entertained. There is a stunning display of accessories formed from precious metals and gems to be seen here, while your little ones can also have a go at panning for gold or learn more about the local wildlife by taking a trip down the Woodland Nature Trail.
Alternatively, you could take a trip to Fish ‘n’ Beads in St Brelade’s Bay and have a go at making some jewellery for yourself – a fun and creative activity that will keep both you and the kids entertained.