Shopping at the charming pottery workshops in our neighbouring village, Mantamados, is always on the itinerary when travelling in Lesvos, Greece. Most of the décor in our home is made up of items picked up during our travels and I always encourage this practice. What better way to keep the memories alive than having constant reminders in each room of your home!
Our treasures are packed with care and our carry-on luggage is always jam packed. We usually end up leaving a few things behind when packing to ensure the ceramics fit. – and who knew there was an extra charge for an overweight carry-on? Well there is, and we were busted, lol.
Ceramics and pottery making have been a traditional activity in Mantamados and I hope it will be for years to come. In the 1950’s, there were well over 40 pottery workshops in Mantamados and today there are very few still standing. I am told there are 9 today, although I came across only 2 in my travels this year.
Here are a few photos of our favourite workshop. You can feel the history of the generations that worked so hard to make each piece by hand and with such care.