Welcome to Thrapsano
All those huge Minoan-style pithoi (storage jars) that grace hotel lobbies, restaurants and homes across the island most likely hail from Thrapsano, 32km southeast of Iraklio. Today’s designs and even methods have been clearly influenced by those of ancient times. They are fascinating to see if you have appreciated the ancient pots at the archaeological sites and museums. Pottery workshops are scattered around Thrapsano. Note: these aren’t your tacky touristy crafty shops, but factories preparing pieces for export around Greece and elsewhere, but they are normally welcome visitors. An annual pottery festival takes place in mid-July.
From Iraklio, Thrapsano is best reached via the Knossos road, turning off at the village of Agios Paraskies, near Peza.