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Pottery in Paradise in Coral Bay St John, Virgin Islands is a Ceramic Arts Studio and Gallery offering Classes and Workshops in potter's wheel and non-wheel clay working techniques and Watercolor Classes.

Artists/Potters Casey Giakas and Gail Van de Bogurt invite you to enjoy their gallery which showcases their work and that of other Virgin Islands Artists. Our gallery collection features watercolors, ceramic lighting sconces, oil paintings and more!

In 2002 Gail began working with Maho Bay Camps to set up Maho Bay Clay Works as part of their “Art of Recycling Center” producing art from recycling and based on energy conservation. The gallery there sold beautiful art glass and pottery. They had a glass blowing studio, a textiles department, and paper making and visitors could learn about these crafts while on vacation. They built a complete community clay studio with kick and electric wheels, a Raku kiln, a wood burning kiln fired with shipping palette wood, and a Waste Vegetable Oil fired kiln which uses 40 gal of restaurant cooking oil per firing. In 2013, when Maho Bay Camps had to close at the end of its 35 year lease, the large kiln was dismantled and rebuilt in Coral Bay to begin the Pottery in Paradise chapter.

Maho Bay Clay Works

Hand made Mug


We LOVE being at Pickles in Paradise Deli in Coral Bay! The inviting back yard is shaded by a huge gre-gre tree with swing chairs and picnic tables. Chickens, sheep and donkeys wander by. Live music and Art shows seem to spontaneously happen! “Pickles” owner Bev Melius is well known for her delicious wraps, sandwiches, deviled eggs, and deli salads, great breakfasts and irresistible banana bread. Buy one of our hand made mugs and have it filled with freshly ground and brewed coffee! Use it while you’re on island, then take it home as a reminder of St John.



Call us for Information on class times, prices etc. Class size is 3 - 5 people. We can schedule a time that works for your group!


Island Pottery Workshop Retreats We bring nationally known clay artist/teachers to our island for a week or a weekend! Its great for our island potters and A Dream Pottery Vacation for stateside pottery enthusiasts.

Watercolor Classes at the beach

with experienced watercolor instructors,
and professional quality materials
Bring your bag lunch and bathing suit.
We can meet at your favorite beach!

Please "Like " our Face Book Page! Its a good way to keep up with our studio
activities, kiln openings and communicate with us!

Maho Bay Clay Works at PicklesMaho Bay Clay Works at Pickles

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About St John | About Us | Gallery | Events & Workshops | Classes & Open Studio | Home | Contact Us