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Pottery is one of the oldest arts developed in Crete from 3000 BC first Minoan times and is associated with the creation of products based on the four elements of nature: earth, water, air and fire.

Especially, the village of Margarites consist is the most important and well-known pottery center of Crete. In the area, there are plenty of clay deposits which explain the long occupation of the residents with this art. It is located in the scenic, green rolling hills at the foothills of Psiloritis. The traditional settlement with some extraordinary architecture and lovely narrow winding streets. Surrounded by two parallel gorges with rich flora, aromatic plants, trees, herbs and flowers.

Of course, we know that you are dreaming about summertime and everything is about the sea and sun and the beach. 

But in case that you feel the need for a short runaway to the mountains with good company, perfect food, afternoon walks and generally slow life and of course if you would love to have this special touch with clay – here we go: private clay seminars in one of the best studios in Margarites Village, that stands out of the crowd, with two passionate ceramic arts and lovely owners Emma and Aris.

The studio is based in this lovely pottery village 25 km southeast away from Rethymno with nice walking paths, monastery, and local tavernas. Nearby archeological site Eleftherna also with spectacular walks and Arkadi monastery with an interesting story.

Studio offers beginner & intermediate practice-based hand-building courses that could be adapted for everyone's needs and interests.
Designed to learn about local materials, Margarites village traditions for ceramics, traditional techniques & shapes, Knossos pottery, Cretan civilization pottery, and its influences nowadays. Ceramics importance for Crete island development, to improve hand-building skills & experience. Children improving imagination, creativity, developing fine motor skills

Single sessions for individuals interested in a single sample experience in clay or Few days/week sessions for individuals interested to develop their skills and go through all pottery stages including preparing clay, decorating, glazing, loading kiln, firing.

In case you need help with your accommodation, our nearby Kapsaliana Village Hotel is just a unique holiday experience.
 

Individual Short Hand Building or Wheel Throwing Session
Beginner / Intermediate Level
1.5 hours program
Adults only from 16 years old

meeting clay: hands-on training, theory, and demonstration of basic pottery techniques.
Proper use of the pottery wheel: centering clay on the wheel

Summary :
- Duration – 1.5 hours
- Participants: 1-2 Adults (age 16+)
- Designed to improve wheel throwing or hand-building skills
- Includes: individual tutoring / not limited local terracotta body clay/ basic tools / first bisque firing
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Cost: 30.00 Euros per person
- Extra price for fired object shipping if needed.

Participants are introduced with Crete's civilization ( Minoans ) pottery, ancients decorating techniques, nowadays ceramics of the island, traditional shapes and their purposes

Book
Please contact us for availability and further information when you have some dates in mind to check for availability, along with any other questions you may have.  
All e-mails are answered promptly, usually within 24 hours.

 

3 Days Pottery Lab/Wheel Throwing Course
Beginner / Intermediate Level
1-2 Participants (age 16+)

DAY 1 : 3 hours : Meeting clay: hands-on training, theory and demonstration basic pottery techniques, proper use of the pottery wheel
DAY 2 : 3 hours : Centering clay on the wheel, throwing different forms. Attaching handles and decorating techniques
DAY 3 : 3 hours : Introduction for pottery decorating techniques. Preparing a ceramic object for decoration and firing Decoration
Closing

Summary :
- Duration – 3 days x 4 hours a day
- Participants: 1-2 adults (age 16+)
- Includes: individual tutoring / not limited local terracotta body clay/ basic tools/coffee break/ first bisque firing
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Price: 250.00 Euros per person 

Book
Please contact us for availability and further information when you have some dates in mind to check for availability, along with any other questions you may have.  
All e-mails are answered promptly, usually within 24 hours.

 

5 Days Pottery Lab/Wheel Throwing Course and Basic Decorating Techniques
1-2 Participants (age 16+)

You could combine your lovely holidays in Crete and your passion for clay joining this 5-day ceramic course on wheel throwing. Wheel throwing training also includes basic information about ceramics, clay types and decorating techniques Workshops will compose of maximum 2 participants – whole week is tailored for every participant's individual interests and needs.

Dates: 
13 -17 April 2020
05 - 09 October 2020
12 - 16 October 2020

Summary :
- Duration – 5 days x 6 hours a day
- Participants: 1-2 adults (age 16+)
- Includes: individual tutoring / not limited local terracotta body clay/ basic tools/coffee break/ lunch / first bisque firing
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Price: 650.00 Euros per person 

Book
Please contact us for availability and further information when you have some dates in mind to check for availability, along with any other questions you may have.  
All e-mails are answered promptly, usually within 24 hours.

 

Children program - PlayCLAY
1 h program
Age from 4 till 16 years old

meeting clay: understanding plasticity and material. Hand building introduction: slab rolling, clay cutting, writing on clay, hand forming and working with mould.
During clay sessions, children improving imagination, creativity, developing fine motor skills.

Summary :
- Price: 20.00 Euros per child
- Duration – 1 hour
- Participants: 1-5 children
- Includes : not limited local terracotta body clay/ basic tools / first bisque firing
- Designed to improve creativity & fine motor skills
- Basic tools available
- Extra price for fired object shipping, if needed

Please NOTE:
- Glazing is not included in the price. It is extra 3.00 euro charge per glazed item and + extra time for second glaze firing
- Due to the nature of clay, all made ceramics before firing need to dry. It might take from 1 to 3 days + firing and cooling down takes 24 hours. If participants are unable to collect ready ceramics-there is the possibility to ship them (extra shipping charge)
- Children in PlayClay classes can be accompanied by max two relatives that will observe the workshop. If relatives want to work with clay in the workshop together with the children, there is an extra 10.00 euro charge per person.

Book
Please contact us for availability and further information when you have some dates in mind to check for availability, along with any other questions you may have.  
All e-mails are answered promptly, usually within 24 hours.
 

Honest Reviews

Good morning, it was a lot better than I expected. Aris and Emma are amazing and I will return next year.  Nothing to improve. Absolutely perfect. Best regards,
- Yannis

Thank you, Yiannis - we are just back home after our lovely week in Crete. We had a great time at the pottery workshop - couldn't have been better. We made a lot of pots! But unfortunately, couldn't bring them all home. Never mind. We really enjoyed the experience. Thank you for organising it. Everything went perfectly. Thank you again
- Julia

Hi Yiannis! How are you? My experience in the ceramic studio was better than I expected. I think this space was the most modern of all in Margarites and the owners were very kind. I would like to repeat it if I returned to Crete some day.
Thanks you for everything! Warmly,
- Attassa

"Hi Yiannis, Apologies for the delay in getting back to you! My mom and I had a wonderful time at the workshop -- Aris and Ema were so friendly and we enjoyed learning the history of pottery as well as learning at the wheel from Aris. We made a few items and they will ship them to us in the states so we look forward to seeing our creations in person. Overall, the experience was better than we expected and would highly recommend for others interested. Thank you for checking in!"
- Hannah

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