Thank you to everyone who joined me on the Mamma Mia Pottery & Sculpture Tour! We had fun exploring the rolling hills of Tuscany and getting our hand dirty playing in the Italian Mudd.
Read below information about the 2016 Tour.
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Mamma Mia Pottery & Sculpture Tour
Pottery and Sculpture in Skopelos, the Greek Islands
Join award-winning sculptor Cathy Lawley for a Greek Islands Pottery and Sculpture experience.
15 days, 2nd September – 17th September 2016
If you missed my previous Italian pottery tours, here is your chance to join us on our 15 day Greek Islands Pottery Workshop / Tour in 2016 with Artemis Art Tours.
Join Cathy Lawley for this fabulous and fun pottery and sculpture workshop set on the beautiful island where the famous movie ‘Mamma Mia’ was filmed – authentic hilltop towns, beautiful beaches and white washed houses clinging to steep slopes in the mountains, traditional Pelion architecture, rugged natural monuments and pure Greek island atmosphere.
This will be a totally unforgettable experience!!!
This tour is open to all levels of ability, including non-participants. If you’re not a potter, or don’t think you’re very artistic, there is still so much you can do on the island!
Pottery and Sculpture Tour
Costs and Dates
Cost: $3790 per person, twin share
Single Supplement: $690
Cost for non-participants: $3390 per person, twin share
15 days from Skiathos
Tour start: Friday 2nd September
Tour end: Saturday 17 September
Tour Group Size: 10-20 people
Tour Cost Inclusions
- Accommodation in studios and villas with private facilities and balconies with lovely sea views
- Daily breakfast
- Excursions to stunning locations
- Regular tuition
- Regular critiques
- Clay and pottery/sculpture material and firing costs
- Transfer costs to and from the airport on the islands.
- Transport by taxi or bus to locations.
- Ferry and boat transfers to the various islands featured in the itinerary
- Bi-lingual tour leader
- Welcome and farewell cocktails
- Greek BBQ night
Tour Cost Does Not Include
- Travel Insurance. It is highly recommended that you arrange this at time of booking.
- International or domestic airfares, unless detailed in the Itinerary below.
- Lunch and Dinners
Tour Itinerary & Places We Visit
Mamma Mia Pottery and Sculpture Tour ITINERARY
Day 1 – SKIATHOS | FREE DAY
In Athens, connect with domestic flight to Skiathos, where you will be met at the island airport and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Welcome sunset cocktails.
Day 2 – SKOPELOS | FREE DAY
Transfer to out fabulous hotel overlooking the sea. Skopelos Town with its string of tavernas right on the waters edge is backdropped by pine-clad mountains .Optional evening at a popular local taverna by the sea.
Day 3 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
Morning orientation of our pottery school , followed by a preliminary workshop. Our studio is situated in an idyllic spot surrounded by pine trees overlooking the Aegean. During our pottery/sculpture workshop we will create objects inspired by our Greek surroundings. From ancient to present day, the Greeks have had a huge influence in the world of pottery ! Today we will concentrate on creating Greek goddesses.
Day 4 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
Continue our Greek goddesses -emphasis on form and expression.
Day 5 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
The natural elements of beautiful Skopelos will further inspire us. We will concentrate on the movement and colour of the sea, creating jewellery inspired by the many shades of the Aegean. Optional group dinner at authentic taverna.
Day 6 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
A day of wheel throwing or hand building. We will concentrate on texture and Greek design, incorporating these elements into our pots/sculptures.
Day 7 – ALONNISOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
We will put finishing touches to our work before heading to Alonissos for our weekend break.
The hill top village in Alonnisos is typically Cycladic with its’ labyrinth of lanes and distinctive character- a great place to linger and wander through the narrow backstreets. The village square , with its’ traditional cafes set under a canopy of trees ,is complete with quaint wicker chairs and brightly painted wooden tables. Optional dinner in Chora in the village square.
Day 8 – ALONNISOS | FREE DAY
Enjoy exploring Alonnnisos. The small bay is lined with a handful of tavernas shaded by lovely tamarask trees from where we can have a swim and enjoy the laid-back pace of Alonnisos
Day 9 – SKOPELOS | FREE DAY
A lazy morning to wander around the village, exploring the shops & galleries.
Day 10 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
Further inspired by our few days in Alonnisos, we will continue our pottery workshop. The white-washed villages with their domed churches will inspire us for our workshop on candle burners or a village-scene inspired ceramic plaques .
Day 11 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP HALF DAY
Cats are symbolic to Greece and we will have fun creating these much- loved furry creatures with their distinct characters and personalities! Optional group dinner.
Day 12 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP FULL DAY
All finishing touches must be applied to your pieces to be ready for firing this evening.
Day 13 – SKOPELOS | WORKSHOP FULL DAY
Today we will glaze and fire our work.
Day 14 – SKOPELOS | EXHIBITION
A chance to show off your talent and if interested to perhaps sell your work. Group dinner
Day 15 - SKOPELOS | FREE DAY
Today we will box & pack your pieces to send back to Australia. Farewell sunset cocktails.
Day 16 – DEPARTURE
Morning transfer to Skiathos to connect with flight to Athens.
The Places we visit
Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning around 3,400 years. Come a few days earlier and spend some time exploring this ancient city.
Skiathos is a small Greek Island with crystal-clear azure waters, is peppered with lively cafes and many monasteries with the medieval ruins of Kastro.
Skopelos is where the famous movie ‘Mamma Mia’ was filmed – authentic hilltop towns, beautiful beaches and white washed houses clinging to steep slopes in the mountains, traditional Pelion architecture, rugged natural monuments and pure Greek island atmosphere.
Skopelos Foundation for the Arts School sits on top of a mountain over looking the deep blue Aegean Sea and stunning Mediterranean Sunsets.
Skopelos Foundation for the Arts was established as a non-profit organisation in 1999 by the Founder, Gloria Carr. For years it was her vision to create a studio for artists. She wasn’t sure where it would be set up until 1996 when she visited the island of Skopelos.
Skopelos is a unique island with the contrast of light and color. It is the greenest island located in the Northern Sporades. The locals add to the extraordinary flavour of the island and this is where Gloria Carr decided she would call home.
The ceramics area is open raw space with a gorgeous view of the neighbouring island, Alonnissos. There are two electric kilns, three wheels on site and a wood-burning kiln.
Skopelos is a place that takes the imagination beyond what one thinks is possible if you allow it. It is for the flexible adventurer that wants to create and be engulfed by the Greek culture. If you want to have an experience you will never forget come work on your own or in one of our workshops. We promise you it will be productive and of course a lot of fun!
Alonnisos is blessed with rugged natural landscapes, crossed by well-marked walking tracks. With the surrounding waters part of a marine park for the endangered seal habitats. The beautiful white washed villages with their domed churches, this secret little island is perfect for us to relax and enjoy the weekend.
Booking Terms and Conditions
A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking to secure your place on this tour.
Final payment is required 90 days prior tour commencement, no later than 28 May 2016.
If you wish to cancel your tour booking, a cancellation fee will be incurred as detailed below. Depending on your reason for cancelling, charges may be recoverable by you under your Travel Insurance policy.
- Within 15 days prior tour – 100% total land cost
- Within 30-15 days prior tour – 75% tour cost
- Within 60-30 days prior tour – 50% tour cost
- Within 90-60 days prior tour – 25% tour cost
- 90 days or more prior tour – tour deposit
Other Important Information
Flights are not included in the tour cost. You are responsible for booking international return flights to Athens and domestic flights to and from the islands, as stated in the itinerary.
Flights may be booked independently through any travel agency or through our own travel agent associated with the tour .Please check for tour confirmation prior to flight payment.
Lunch and dinner are not included in the cost.
Meals with wine, salad and bread are approx. $15 – $20.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
If twin share is requested please note that you are responsible for sharing arrangements.
In order for tours to operate a minimum number of bookings is required.
(the majority of tours go ahead)
If the minimum number is not met, the tour may be cancelled with a full refund.
Various tutors run different tours. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a tutor may need to be substituted in order for the trip to proceed to avoid cancellation and disappointment.
In the unlikely event that this happens, you will be offered full refund if you decide to cancel.
Once your booking is confirmed, the recommended list of materials put together by the tutor will be sent to you.
You are advised to pack lightly as we travel by ferry to the other islands, and you are responsible for managing your luggage. Only minimal clothing is required as Greece is extremely casual, and you can wash and dry overnight.
REMEMBER to pack sunblock, a hat, comfortable shoes with non-slip soles, a warm all- weather jacket , a small torch, and your cossi! A suggested packing list will be emailed to you.
- ATM outlets are situated on all these islands.
- Visa and Mastercard are accepted in some shops, but it is basically a cash economy.
Extra Nights Accommodation
If you are extending your accommodation before or after the tour on the islands featured in the itinerary, the required payment for the extra nights can be paid directly to your host (group rate) when you arrive in Greece.