Immerse into the culture of the Greek island of Skyros!
A journey to the past through the art of ceramic, woodcarving and embroidery. Work with skillful craftsmen, live authentic experiences and learn the wisdom, the beauty and glamour of the popular art of this island in the Aegean Sea.
Nowadays, a lot of important handicraftsmen and artists live and work in the island. The cultural resources of Skyros are also essential for the tourism of the island as they define its identity and constitute a pole of attraction.
The pottery lessons take place in the workshop of one of the important ceramists who live and work on the island. In his workshops, visitors will be introduced to the art of pottery. They will learn the various techniques, they will create their own objects using the wheel, will learn how to colour and decorate the ceramics. During the course they will get to know the history and evolution of this art on the island.
Well-known handicraftsmen will reveal the secrets of the art of wood-carving, for which Skyros is known throughout Greece.
Finally, during their stay visitors will experience a journey to the past through the costumes, the textiles and embroideries of Skyrian tradition. Interesting folklore elements are coming out of the motifs and the traditional clothes. Visitors will learn how many pieces make up the traditional Skyrian wedding costume and what the images on the embroideries symbolize…
Visitors can combine their courses with cooking classes (upon request) where they will experience a gastronomic trip that reveals the secrets of Greek cuisine and the recipes that are passed on from generation to generation.
A few words about..
The famous Skyrian ceramic art is one of the exceptional cases in the Greek traditional ceramic art and is characterized by its variety and distinctiveness. The houses in Skyros were small in size and therefore, due to lack of storage areas, the utensils were placed on the walls and over the fireplace. Therefore, they should also have a decorative character. For that reason, pottery became a ceramic art. Ceramics give information about the practical needs of the people in Skyros through time while they also express the aesthetics of the residents. The most characteristic ones are pottery made by red coloured clay without vitrification, with decorative white geometric designs, reminding of embroidery. The ceramics from Skyros were mixed with other pottery imported from Asia Minor, Italy and elsewhere, which had a mostly decorative character. Apart from water jugs, flower pots, crocks, there are also "lainia", a type of water jug, "bournies", an utensil for keeping home made desserts, special utensils for "fava" and a great variety of plates. Full of decorative motifs such as flowers, ships, two-headed eagles, peacocks. Today, there are plenty of ceramists continue this art by producing copies of the old ceramics as well as their own creations.
Skyros is known around the country for its tradition in wood carving that can be considered an art. It has to do with ecclesiastical objects, architectural elements, wood carved household utensils and furniture. Because of the limited space in the houses in Skyros, the furniture was tiny, having many shapes and sophisticated carvings so that they are decorative elements. Couches, armchairs, stools, chests, decorated with various carved motifs such as geometrical patterns, human figures and elements from nature. Today, there are handicraftsmen in Skyros that are still working on wood carving, continuing the reputation of this art from Skyros.
Mermaids, hoopoes, dears, peacocks, flowers, triremes, sirens and monsters come to life in the unique textiles and ceramics of Skyros. For the textiles, they used the loom and the creations were clothes, bed covers, for the work at home and for agricultural tasks, as well as for decorating the house. The embroidery was also meant for decorating the house and adorns the traditional costume of Skyros. The traditional costumes of Skyros are particularly interesting. The male as well as the female costume is characterized by variety, richness of embroidery and details.
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