Travel with fellow artists, family & friends! In addition to Non-participating guest options, did you know that other workshops are offered this same week! Enjoy the experience together while immersed in different topics! View calendar for details!
Create alongside Andreas Makaris and elevate your art to a whole new level!
Andreas Makaris first experienced working in clay in Naxos, his father’s birthplace, where the whole family worked as potters, and where Andreas had his first lessons at the potter’s wheel of his grandfather Christos.
Andreas graduated from the School of Ceramics in Athens and went on to teach pottery techniques in the same school for the next 6 years. Andreas Makari’s work has won 5 awards at the Greek National Pottery Exhibition that takes place in Athens every year.
The artist has lived and worked in Santorini since 1985. Numerous times he came to the island and was pulled by its wild and strange beauty to set up home. Away from the busy city of Athens, he is able to work more freely, inspired by the profuse light and the hidden mysteries of Santorini’s ancient past. He started experimenting with the replication of prehistoric Cycladic pottery and he has refined the technique to produce exact, full-scale reproductions of ancient theraic vessels. At the same time his work often combines contemporary ideas with traditional techniques.
Experience the natural drama and beauty of Santorini, Greece while creating pottery and ceramics in the ancient land of the Minoans...and possibly the lost city of Atlantis! This workshop is for beginners to advanced artists interested in working in a variety of forms including raku, hand-built and wheel-thrown methods. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and to view examples of "theraic" ceramics recovered from Akrotiri, an excavation site which had been buried under meters of valcanic ash over 3500 years ago...Greece's "Pompei".
Read more about this workshop below...
creating ceramics and pottery among the sights and sounds of beautiful Santorini: Crystal blue water, vineyards, centuries-old buildings, narrow winding streets, bold color and vibrant sunlight.
in the warm ambiance of Santorini, overlooking an ancient volcanic caldera, claimed site of the lost city of Atlantis, originally fortified by the Minoans, claimed by the Romans, touched by the Venicians, almost unchanged for centuries, one of Greece's jewels.
the joy of learning and gaining ceramic and pottery skills and confidence under the expert instruction of acclaimed professional ceramic artists and the camaraderie of a small group of learners.
great Mediterranean food, delightful wines, new friends, breath-taking vistas, history and the hospitality of the people of Santorini.
Workshop is open to ceramic artists of all levels. Whether you are a novice just learning or a professional looking for new inspiration, you may work at your own level and push yourself to the next step in your personal development.
Accommodations are intended as follows:
Fira... Golden Star Hotel Note: Accommodations may change based on availability. We can help you plan an extended stay!
During the week we will be based in central viallge of Fira, with the studio in the quaint village of Megalohori. Five days will be devoted to studio and we will aslo visit the the local museum featuring ceramics and wall paintings from the ancient city of Akrotiri. We will also take a day cruise to explore the inner islands, with optional visits to hot springs, the volcano, as well as the island of Thirasia.
And, in true Toscana Americana Workshops style, we will explore the local Greek culture, cuisine and wines while dining in local cliff-side restaurants 1000 feet above the water!
This is bound to be a wonderful week with plenty
of opportunity to create ceramics in a relaxed
and inspirational setting!
Santorini is one of the cycladic islands, created by the eruption of the volcano 1500 B.C. (thought by some to have brought about the end of the Minoan civilization and speculated by some as the famous island of Atlantis). Due to this, the island offers a versatile landscape with on the one hand steep darkish rock formations and on the other hand beaches and small white villages. Besides that, there are several interesting monuments and the active volcano of course. Thira offers, besides remnants from several eras, ruins of the old Roman baths, theatres and markets.
Santorini is a group of islands in a circle about 10 KM across - the rim of a large volcano that is still producing small islands in the center. Steep slopes lead to the central area and gentle slopes lead to the sea that circles the island. It's really a group of islands even though it is usually discussed as if it were one. Settlements are scattered around the island as a series of small villages.
The famous white buildings are huddled close to one another on and over the cliff of the central caldera. Hiking paths and trails lead all over the island, but a charming time can be had walking the paths that interconnect the settlements and exploring the shops. Visitors can take ferry boats to the central island(s) to visit the new land and soak in hot springs.
*All-inclusive plans are Hotel plans only. **Hotel Golden Star or equivalent. Based on availability ***Included with "All-inclusive" plans only All guests are responsible for handling their own luggage/baggage... ...we suggest to pack light. Go to Enrollment page
Itinerary (Itinerary subject to change)
6 Wednesday – Arrival in Fira, Santorini -Arrival and Check-in in Fira (Participants are responsible for transfers to hotel) -6:30p Welcome to Santorini wine & chocolate tasting at Zafora. -7:30p Dinner
7 Thursday - Megalohori -9:00a-1:00p Morning session after museum visit -1:00p lunch -2:00-6:00p Afternoon session -7:00p Wine at Zafora -7:30p Dinner in Fira
NOTE: Night firing and BBQ to be announced. NOTE: Toscana Americana reserves the right to alter this itinerary. All times are approximate. NOTE: Walking is required to all lunches and dinners. No transfers are provided, though guests may pay for taxis and transfers at their own expense. NOTE: Transfers from Fira airport to and from hotels is the responsibility of each guest. Arrange through the hotel front desk. NOTE: No refunds are given for any unused aspects of the itinerary or for any activities outside the above itinerary.