Rhodes Pottery Greece - Handmade

Pottery was produced by the Greeks from early period. It represents an important record and source of analysis for understanding vary historical periods of the Greek ancient life. Rhodes Island is known for its tradition in pottery and ceramics, and there are documents stating that clay bricks from the island of Rhodes were used in construction of the dome of “Agia Sofia” Byzantine church in Constantinople . Pottery is the most common artifact found on ancient archaeological sites and fine examples of local work can be seen in the Rhodes Archaeological Museum. Ceramics and pottery was used by the ancient Greeks in much the same way we use modern kitchen containers or plastic and of course played an important role in every aspect of Greek ancient life such as sports, banquets, weddings and funerals.

Ancient Greece Pottery Designs

Although the techniques of making pottery are similar all over the Greek world, on the east side of the Aegean Sea (Eastern Greek World – Rhodes Island ) the pottery decoration was based more on the spirals, curvilinear patterns and lively drawing. Replicas of designs produced in those times are still been manufactured today together with new modern designs in a younger generation.

Geometric Pottery. From the 8th century BC, Geometric pottery decoration began to include stylized human figures, birds, and animals with nearly all the surface of the vase covered in bold lines and shapes painted in brown, black and other geometrical decoration (from whence the name of the style).

Black Figure Pottery. Greek black-figure pottery, named after the color of the depictions on the pottery, was first produced in Corinth 700 BC and then adopted by pottery painters in Attica, where it would become the dominant decorative style from 625 BC and allow Athens to dominate the Mediterranean pottery market for the next 150 years.

Red Figure Pottery. The black figure technique was replaced by the red figure technique, red figures created by painting their outline with a black slip background, around 530 BC which would endure for the next 130 years.

Rhodes Modern Pottery

The potters of Rhodes were known and their talents recognized throughout the ancient world. Today the new generation still reproduces the famous traditional Rhodes style pottery, adding their personal touch with colorful and modern designs.

Louvre Museum - Paris

Many potteries and unique artifacts found during excavations on the island of Rhodes (from the 19th century until today) great samples of the ancient Rhodian art.  Most of them are now scattered in different European museums such as the British Museum, the Louvre Museum, the National Museum of Denmark and the National Museums in Berlin. A major temporary exhibition was organized by the Louvre Museum in Paris from October 15 / 2014 to March 10 / 2015 and was dedicated…

  1. History of the excavations in Rhodes a European History
  2. Rhodes a site for exchanges in Eastern Mediterranean
  3. Rhodian pottery workshops and the known archaic pottery styles those were developed on the island
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