Mantamados is also known for its excellent cheese, yogurt, olive oil and honey, but after the monastery the village is most famous for its pottery. Whether this is related to the fact that the miracle working icon was fashioned out of earth and water just like the local pottery, I don't know. But it makes a good story. There are a couple pottery shops in the town, though there used to be more. Stelios Stamatis comes from a Mantamados family that has made pottery
for generations. He makes household items including cups, plates, pitchers and pots that his wife and daughter finalize and hand paint. His trade is being passed on to his son, Ephstratios and his daughter, Marina. Their shop is located on the road from Mytilini at the entrance to the village.