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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 the 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 scenic, green rolling hills at the foothills of Psiloritis. 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 sea and sun and 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 south east away from Rethymno with nice walking paths, monastery and local tavernas. Nearby archeological site Eleftherna also with spectacular walks and Arkadi monastery with interesting story.

Studio offers beginner & intermediate practice-based hand building courses which could be adapted for everyone needs and interests.
Designed to learn about local materials , Margarites village traditions for ceramics, traditional techniques & shapes, Knossos pottery, Cretan civilization pottery and it‘s influence for 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.

 

3 Days Pottery Lab Throwing Course
Beginner / Intermediate Level
2 Participants 

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 ceramic object for decoration and firing Decoration
Closing

Summary :
- Duration – 3 days (11.00 am – 14.00 pm daily)
- Designed to improve wheel throwing skills.
- Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body
- Colored slip for pottery decoration supplied
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Basic tools available.
- Participants: one-to-one tuition
- Cost: €190 (3 days)

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 Practice-Based Hand Building Course
Beginner / Intermediate Level

DAY 1: 3 hours : Meeting clay: hands-on training, theory and demonstration basic pottery techniques and proper use of the pottery wheel
DAY 2: 3 hours : Chosen project development
DAY 3: 3 hours : Introduction for pottery decorating techniques. Preparing ceramic object for decoration and firing decoration
Closing

Summary :
- Duration – 3 days (11.00 am – 14.00 pm daily)
- Designed to improve hand building skills, techniques and experience
- Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body.
- Colored slip for pottery decoration supplied
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Basic tools available.
- Maximum participants: 5
- Cost: €190 (3 days 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.

 

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

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

Summary :
- Duration – 1.5 hours
- Designed to improve wheel throwing or hand building skills
- Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body.
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing including. Second firing with glaze is an extra charge)
- Basic tools available.
- Cost: €25.00 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.

 

Children program - PlayCLAY
0,5 h program
Age from 5 till 15 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 :
- Duration – 0.5 hour
- Designed to improve creativity & fine motor skills
- Clay supplied. This is our standard tableware body
- Participants can choose pieces that will be fired (biscuit firing only. Second firing with glaze is extra charge)
- Basic tools available
- Cost: €8.00 per child
- Extra price for fired object shipping, if needed

Family package: parents are welcome to playCLAY  with their children. Family teams are given with separate  tasks  in  projects to co-operate while creativity process.
Price 8.00 euro per family member  

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.

Reviews
Goodmorning, 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
 

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