Pottery on the wheel is a relaxing and creative art. The first archaeological discoveries in Crete date back to 7000 BC. The Minoans still have a great influence on the objects made by today’s professional potters of our island.
We can guide you and your hands into making your first Cretan clay pot. A single lesson will give you great insight into how the wheel works and how the clay takes form. At the end, you will be able to take the pot you made home with you.
For ages 12 and above (in English or Greek) we provide a comprehensive lesson which is perfect for beginners or even intermediate throwers learning the basics and experiencing the local techniques of pottery, as well as making your first clay pots to take home.
During the winter you can send us an email to organize a private workshop
A completely free introductory video for beginners can be found here.
The duration of the workshop is 60 minutes and the price is 48€ per person
We are also offering:
Shipping the pots directly to your home once they are ready
*Bisque firing is the process of firing a clay piece in a special kiln which slowly raises the temperature until it reaches around 1000°C (1832°F). In that process the clay becomes ceramic. Cretan clay in particular forms a red terracotta look and feel.
**Glaze firing requires the initial (bisque) firing and yet another similar firing for the applied glaze to form. The pieces are then suitable for everyday use (food safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe). We have plenty of color and textured glaze choices for you to choose from.
Prices and times for bisque firing, glazing and shipping vary widely so it is best to discuss further at the end of each course.
You can also carefully take your pots home unfired and keep them as clay or even paint them with acrylics.
Our New Pottery
Designed and constructed by master potter Costas Spirides (owner and instructor of the workshops) in December of 2019. Our pottery studio has been described as one of the most unique pottery studio ever seen. With a view of the local gulf and our olive trees, equipped with silent potter's wheels and two handbuilding tables all in a private, clean, organised and air-cooled environment. It's the perfect place to experience and learn the local pottery.