In Lagoa, a small village on the south shore of the Azorean island of Sao Miguel, the da Silva family has been making pots and bowls since 1862. The squat rooms in the family’s Cerâmica Vieira teem with platters, covered dishes, decorative figurines, and jugs in various states of preparation. In one chamber, red clay sits freshly formed and drying as women continue to spin wheels. In another, fired pieces sit brown and stacked, awaiting decoration. Before a kiln, geometric patterns and flowing flowers of soft pink await the fire to transform them into a rich ocean blue.