Crafts Workshops


Ancient Ceramics

In the late Iron Age, when the pottery wheel was introduced, ceramics and pottery developed rapidly. This is why we will organise an ancient ceramics workshop, where visitors will have the opportunity to explore the evolution of pottery, as well as try to create a clay bowl themselves.

Ceramicists Baiba and Einārs Dumpji will introduce with the development of pottery through the ages – showing different types of examples and explaining the differences.

Baiba and Einārs Dumpji live and work in the eastern part of Vidzeme Madonas nov. Mētrienas pag. „Brīvnieki”. While mainly working with traditional Vidzeme ceramics, they also research and reconstruct more ancient processes of pottery. They share their knowledge in different workshops and courses – both about 19th to 21st century traditional ceramics, as well as about the evolution of pottery starting from the Stone Age. They have reconstructed clay vessels from different historical periods, based on the study of archaeological findings and through experimental archaeology.

Wood crafts – teetotums

In the mythology of the Baltic tribes trees play an important role, as they represent different deities. But equally important are different tools and objects, that could be made from wood. To show wood craftmanship from a different angle and make it more playful, this workshop will introduce the making of wooden teetotums and play with them on a special platform.

Craftsman Andris Roze will show how to create teetotums on a lathe and how to make them turn.

The aim of the Centre for Traditional Cultural Initiatives „KasTe” is to promote Latvian traditional culture and cultural heritgem as well as organise different thematic crafts workshops. Andris Roze is active at the Drabeši Crafts House and is one of the few Latvian instrument builders, who creates kokles and teaches it to others.

Leather works

Leather works has always been important to establish housing, make clothing, footwear, accessories, armory and household items.  This workshop will show how ancient boots were made from leather. It will also present the different stages of fishskin tanning and the sewing of little bags from fishskin.

Inese Roze and Inese Jansone will demonstrate the making of ancient footwear and will show their works for everyone to inspect. Especially interesting could be the rare practice of fishskin tanning from salmon, eal and other fish.

The workshop will be elad by the head of the Centre for Traditional Cultural Initiatives „KasTe” Inese Roze and her colleague Inese Jansone, who have learned this craft in different workshops during the projekt „Joik & dainas”. Both craftswomen regularly lead leatherworks workshops in the Drabeši Crafts House.

Musical Workshop

The traditions of the Baltic tribes include different rituals. Often there are used different soundmaking instruments. In this workshop visitors will have the opportunity to see these ancient musical instruments as well as play and sing some songs together.

The folkmusician Tālis Karlsons will lead the workshop and show the art of playing different instruments and make some music together.  The different ancient instruments include the kokle, harmonica, flute, different percussions, horns, rattles etc. Visitors will have the opportunity to make their own reed flutes.

Tālis Karlsons is representative of the Drabeši Crafts House and is also active in the folklore group „Ore”, where he sings and plays different instruments. He leads workshops in the Drabeši Crafts House.