Greek Pottery. Facts: Greece, particularly Crete, has a rich heritage in the art of ceramics, dating back about 12,000 years and passed from generation to generation to the present day. Earth and water are mixed until a workable clay is formed, then slowly the pots and urns are shaped and left to dry before being baked in traditional kilns fired with olive pits and pressed olives at high temperatures for at least 14 hours. They are then cooled for another 14 hours, filled with water and left for at least 24 hours as part of the process to ensure excellent resistance to high and low temperatures. The finished vessels have traditionally been used for preserving and storing food, ointments, oil and wine and for decorating the Minoan Palace. They continue to be as practical and functional today as they have always been.
Greek Pottery. EXCITEMENT!: Eye of the Day loves the days that bring a container of pottery. French pottery, Italian pottery, American pottery. This time the container was packed with Greek pottery – planters, pots, urns of an amazing assortment of shapes and sizes. The Greek pottery is the only pottery we import that is still hand thrown. It is affordable and excellent for Mediterranean and Southwest design, but Greek terra cotta is at home anywhere. They are extremely popular and seem to leave the store with practically everyone.