Preserving heritage: Exploring pottery and maritime traditions in the Cyclades

Cookware drying in Platys Gialos, Sifnos, c. 1976. [Archipelago Network]

Founded in 2019 by a team of local and international experts based in Athens and the island of Syros, the Archipelago Network has unveiled two new projects dedicated to protecting and revitalizing the rich heritage of the Cyclades. The organization's latest initiatives, made public this week, focus on pottery making on Sifnos and traditional maritime trades and crafts in Greece's most famous island region.

Sifnos boasts a remarkable legacy in pottery, with over 14 pottery workshops that have been crafting one-of-a-kind ceramic objects for generations. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the "Pottery of Sifnos" program aims to preserve and promote this tradition, which dates back to the Early Cycladic period.

"Our engagement with Sifnos began when we were approached by local community members involved in the effort to start a museum for pottery on the island,"...

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