History & Origin

History of our Cretan Pots - Traditional techniques of the potters of the Thrapsano region of Crete.

Minoan Urns circa 1500bc

The history and origin of these beautiful Cretan pots travels back to the Minoan civilization, 4000 years ago. It’s this heritage that invests pride in today’s potters of the Thrapsano region of Crete.  The potters create these pots and pithoi using traditional techniques, materials and designs from their Minoan ancestors.

Made from local clays that are carefully sourced from two different mountain areas, the pots are hand thrown on the wheel.  The pots are then fired at 1150c using residue from the island’s olive harvest to fuel the fire.  High temperatures guarantee quality, durability and ensure they are frost proof to endure our winters.

Originally the large pithoi were used for storing olive oil, wine, grain and honey. The smaller pots stored olives, pickles, cheese and salt etc.

Now equally at home in traditional or contemporary gardens or even as in-house sculptures, these pots make a big statement. With age, the patina that develops, not only enhances their appearance, it increases their value also.