It’s a proven fact that travel can boost your creativity. Take advantage of that and unlock a new skill on your trip! Set out for Modra in Slovakia,in the heart of Europe, and spin the pottery wheel under experienced craftspeople’s guidance. In this once-royal town, known worldwide not only for its unique style of majolica decoration but for its centuries-old tradition of quality winemaking, a decent jug has always come in handy. You can also view one of Europe’s largest Andy Warhol collections to expand your inspirational input.
Dirty hands, clear vision
Discover a pottery heritage over 400 years old in a picturesque town on the slopes of the Little Carpathians hills, only 20 km from Bratislava, the capital. At Slovak Folk Majolica, you will fall in love with the bold colors applied on a white background that put Modra on the world map. Handcrafted, hand painted, and personally signed, each masterpiece is a unique expression of its creator. It is one of the most stylish traditional souvenirs you can take home. Take a workshop and learn how clay springs to life. In a joyful atmosphere, practice wheel throwing or hand building and shape the clay to your preference. Will it be a mug or chic jewelry? While painting on the base glaze, choose one of four traditional patterns (we recommend the popular blue one) and keep adding typical motifs such as flowers or grapes decorated with leaves, animals, or harvest scenes. Combine minimalist folk patterns with contemporary design, as many Slovak artisans do nowadays. Your hands get dirty, but there’s nothing like the feel of clay from the first touch all the way to its emergence from the kiln, solid as stone. It makes you long for your next pottery wheel adventure!