Potters on Sifnos

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Sifnos is famous for its pottery. It do almost not matter where on the island you are, it's never far to a potter. So if you like pottery, you have come to the right island, you will for sure carry home more than you had planned. It is also worth its price. Where you choose to do your shopping is entirely a matter of taste. Once, I decided to buy everything in one place so I should not overspend. After all, everything had to be carried home. But after every pottery workshop I visited the packing got bigger and bigger, and finally I could not do anything but laugh at the giant packing.

Sifnos is actually known throughout whole of Greece - and even outside the country - for its talented potters, and has been so for a long time. Ceramics from Sifnos has always been synonymous with quality and beauty.

Today it is said that there are nearly a hundred potters on the island, a figure one must take with a grain of salt. Certainly there are many potters, but hardly as many as a hundred. The styles are as many as there are potters. There is everything from simple unglazed terracotta vases to colourful tableware in trendy pastel colours.

Something you definitely will see is the so-called chimney of Sifnos. It decorate many houses on the island and can be bought in all sizes and colours. I have one at home that I have made to a lamp. Aside from chimneys you will find mugs, ornaments, wine carafes, vases, "clever stuffs", wine glasses, salad bowls, olive bowls, plates, pots, whole tableware, stoneware and earthenware.

Potter in Platys Gialos.

Potter in Platys Gialos.

Chimney of Sifnos.

Chimney of Sifnos.

Pottery shop in Kamares.

Pottery shop in Kamares. As I said, you do not have to look for potters, or shops selling pottery, they are in all villages, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere on the countryside. Most can be found in Apollonia, Kamares and Platys Gialos.

The island's most famous, and most subtle, potter is Kostas Depastas in Heronissos.

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