The village of Nohia is south west from Chania town of Crete and has a long tradition in hand-made pottery.
NOHIA village is located south west of Chania at a distance about 30 km and administratively belongs to the Municipality of Platanias.
It was pottery center with a large number of kilns. The unique shape of the Nohia "stamna" characterize their potters.
Though the "stamna"  follow the traditional shape of Cretan yet is their large size makes them stand out. Even today there are potteries in NOHIA which manufactures various utilitarian and decorative ceramics.

Cretan Pottery

In Creta pottery, observing the materials, the forms and the technique of the manufacture (specifically of big jars) but also the way of ceramics baking that our ancient ancestors used, you feel that this unique pottery art has passed through centuries without radical changes and is continued even today.

Creta Ceramics

The Cretan pottery makers were traveling, in well organized groups, around the island bringing together all required equipment and setting up hole new ceramics laboratories in the areas they visited. In this way they served the exact needs of remote areas while it had proved much easier to carry the pottery equipment than carry the bulky and heavy pots around the island with donkeys...

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creta ceramics