Studio Herondale invites you to a wondrous ceramics retreat in classical Turkey:

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Kekova Island Studio: Experimental Ceramics Workshops on Turkey's Lycian coast

Ever wondered how the ancient Greeks and Romans made their ceramics?

Leave the modern world behind to take part in a captivating wild pottery workshop in the magical Lycian village of Simena on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. 

Watch our film below to find out more:

Hunting, Gathering, Firing & Experimenting in the Land of Light 


Come ready to go on an adventure in a region so geographically remote yet so rich for artistic inspiration. The backdrop to our workshop is a sunken city vanished beneath the waters of the Mediterranean, submerged under the sea for nearly 2,000 years by a series of earthquakes in the second century. Stone staircases, remains of houses and public buildings eerily jut out of the sea. Every now and then, the sea yields up some of its secrets -- Roman amphorae covered in seashells and sediment, pottery fragments and the occasional shipwreck. This ancient civilization in Asia minor belonged to an important trading system that connected east Mediterranean on the main shipping route between Constantinople and the Near East, with cargoes of olive oil, spices, figs, murex shells, resin, copper ingots and ebony from Egypt, Syria, Palestine and Cyprus


We will go on field trips in the pristine nature, collecting plants, sea shells, fossils, feathers, seaweed and wild flowers in the raw, untamed and exquisitely beautiful surroundings . We will make Hakame brushes for mark-making, and press clay into rocks, or carvings on ancient sarcophagi and other textural surfaces.


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Using Kekova Island's rich historical environment and the local Museum of Lycian Civilisations collection as a source of inspiration, we will create delicate fragments, keepsakes and small sculptural forms. We will experiment with contemporary approaches to hand building, construct small moulds, explore printing, embossing and decorative surface techniques using local Kekova slip made from freshly dug wild clay -- the same oxide-rich softly textured red clay that was dug up by ancient potters here 2,500 years ago. This special clay, distinctive to the lowlands of Lycia, fires to a beautiful reddish colour and was used at the end of the Byzantine Roman era well over 1,000 years ago


Throughout the week, we will be surrounded by the ravishing beauty of Kekova, a tranquil place with water a jeweled shade of blue-green. Our workshop will be interspersed with early morning and sunset swims in the warm Mediterranean waters, boat trips admiring the luminescence of plankton in the night sea, spotting the Caretta Caretta sea turtles during the day and walks under a starlit sky. No street lights here at night, only the Milky Way. It is hard not to fall in love with Kekova, a magical place where time stands still. 


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