Αρχική 5 Clay Potters
Clay Potters

The local clay potter’s craft goes back five thousand years, as the prehistoric Thermi excavation findings show. Potters on this island are known in the local parlance as “tsoukalades” or “koumarades”, i.e. makers of clay vessels (“tsoukalia” or “koumaria”). This craft was handed down from father to son to grandson and so on, so it was a matter of inheritance to posterity. Major pottery centers in Lesvos have always been Mantamados and its environs (Aspropotamos, Aghios Stephanos, etc.) and Agiasos. However, in the 18th and 19th centuries more villages joined the pottery-making trade such as the villages of the Gera region (Palaiokipos, Perama etc) producing the popular “gerayiotika” jars, Filia and Skalohori, at that time called Tsoukalohori with its significant Muslim community and immense production of clay vessels. Each locale specialized in its own type of clay vessels, depending on know-how, heritage and composition of clay raw material. There were clay pots for cooking, cups, glasses, dishes (“testa”) for the dining table. “Koumaria” and “tsirokoumara”, decanters, olive oil or cheese storage jars or fresh water carriage (“koutrouvia”), large jars for olive oil and clay roof tiles, bricks, censers (bee smokers for bee farming), clay flutes and dumbeks (percussive instruments) for occasions of merriment. Clay vessels were sometimes decorated with floral motifs and representations from everyday Lesvian life.