||It is not known when pottery
began on the island though it is mentioned by Theophrastus in the third
century B.C.. The oldest pottery found dates back to the eighth century
B.C. and Pliny makes mention of Sifnos ceramics in the first century B.C.
By the eighteenth century potters
from Sifnos were traveling all over Greece selling and their ceramics and
in many cases moved away from the island to become potters in other towns
and islands such as Lesvos.
Today there are still many
who practice the art of ceramics, just as their fathers and grandfathers
have. The workshops are located in Vathy, Kamares, Platyialos, Cheronissos
and Pharos, but there are shops where the ceramics are sold all over the