Ifigenia has studied silversmithing at the famous Stemnitsa Silversmithing Institute, and will present her guests with a unique experience that involves learning how to craft authentic jewels, and exploring the different precious or semi-precious stones, while offering them the opportunity to hand-craft their own jewel
WHAT you will LEARN:
The art of silversmithing for traditional silver jewelry
How to create authentic hand-crafted jewelry
The different types of precious and semi-precious stones
Ifigenia – Kardamyli, Messinia, the art of authentic jewel hand-crafting
Itinerary: how we'll spend the day and what we'll do together
Creating hand-crafted jewelryWithin Ifigenia’s silversmith workshop, the visitors will immerse themselves, under her expert guidance, into the art of silversmithing for traditional silver jewelry. They will learn how to create authentic hand-crafted jewelry, using different metals and precious stones, all within a warm atmosphere. They will also create their own silver jewels
Ornamental stonesThe guests will explore the different types of precious and semi-precious stones that are employed in jewelry hand-crafting, and will learn about their properties, the way that they can be processed, their value, and the way they can be used in the art of silversmithing
Place of ORIGIN: Mani and Arcadia
LIVES in: Exochori in Kardamyli
LOVES: travelling, reading, listening to traditional and ethnic music from different parts of the world
Has TRAVELLED to: Turkey, India, many places in Greece
Personal TRAITS: very hospitable, modest and warm person, with a real love for silversmithing, very creative and innovative
Ifigenia Hatzopoulou is your Hostess
Ifigenia has a life-long obsession with jewelry handcrafting and has studied silversmithing at the famous Stemnitsa Silversmithing Institute. She runs her own workshop in the local traditional village of Exochori in Kardamyli, and devides her time between her craft and looking after her two children
Place: Exochori in Kardamyli
Meeting Point: the olive oil mill at the entrance of the village
Timetable: July-August: 17.00-21.00, rest of the year: 10.00-14.00
Price: 59 euros per person (beverages and materials are included)
Availability: throughout the year
Group size: 5 persons max
What’s SPECIAL about this experience: this is a great opportunity to study the art of silversmithing with a real cognoscenti like Ifigenia who has a life-long practical experience in this authentic art, within the realm of a beautiful small village
Exochori in Kardamyli - Where the Experience will take place
What wikipedia says
Messenia is a regional unit (perifereiaki enotita) in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, one of 13 regions into which Greece has been divided by the Kallikratis plan, implemented 1 January 2011. Before 2011 Messenia was a nomos (prefecture). The capital and the biggest city of Messenia in either case has been the city of Kalamata.
Messenia is mentioned in the oldest work of European literature, the Iliad. The name undoubtedly goes back to at least the Bronze Age, but its origins are lost in the world of mythology. The region was one of the largest that was conquered and enslaved as helots by ancient Sparta.
Messenia borders on Elis to the north, Arcadia to the northeast, and Laconia to the southeast. The Ionian Sea lies to the west, and the Gulf of Messenia to the south. The most important mountain ranges are the Taygetus in the east, the Kyparissia mountains in the northwest and the Lykodimo in the southwest. The main rivers are the Neda in the north and the Pamisos in central Messenia.
Off the south coast of the southwesternmost point of Messenia lie the Messenian Oinousses islands. The largest of these are Sapientza, Schiza and Venetiko. The small island Sphacteria closes off the bay of Pylos. All these islands are virtually uninhabited.
Climate may vary, in the lowlands, temperatures are a bit warmer than Athens. Snow is not common during winter months except for the mountains, especially the Taygetus. Rain and clouds are common inland.
Main agricultural products are olive oil, Kalamata table olives, figs, and black raisins (sultanas). The variety of agricultural products is complemented by a small amount of stockbreeding products (beef, milk, sfela cheese, honey) and fish from the Gulf of Messenia.
The tourist development observed is mainly attributable to the promotion of important archaeological sites, such as the Palace of Nestor, Ancient Messene, and the Venetian castles of Pylos, Koroni, Methoni and Kalamata, as well as to the beauty of the landscape. Another key factor for Messenia's economy is Costa Navarino, comprising several eco-friendly luxury resorts and golf courses, which is Greece’s biggest tourist development.