How was life before glass and plastic? The museum of Traditional Pottery in Aetofolia answers through its beautiful earthen world.
The jars that have ended up here from other islands (Sifnos, Chios, Crete etc.) denote that Tinos was an important mercantile station during the 18th and 19th century.
The Museum of Traditional Pottery in Tinos was created three years ago in Aetofolia, center of the pottery activity in the island from the 30’s till the 60’s when the last kiln ceased operating.
In 1989 the Cultural Association of Aetofolia, wishing to designate the ancient art of clay which blossomed here since the Geometrical Times, bought an old Tinian house and provided a “home” for the museum. The building was repaired, the exhibits were gathered, the traditional kiln fixed and the operation began…
The collection of the museum includes over 200 ceramic items that the inhabitants of Aetofolia and surrounding villages had donated; these items derive either from the domestic production either from abroad like Canakkale in Turkey, France, Italy and Netherlands. The jars that have ended up here from other islands (Sifnos, Chios, Crete etc.) denote that Tinos was an important mercantile station during the 18th and 19th century.
The visitor has the opportunity to see from close items such as the Tinian crock, wide bottomed crock, kouknoukia, laina, laini, k’pak’, foufou, zara, galatero, marmite, jar, koumi, myseli, armegio, smokers, censers, and vases.
At the same time, in the square of Aetofolia there is a pottery workshop where the old potter Giannis Exilzes delivers classes of ceramic recipients manufacture.
It is open during the summer months (from June till September 15th) 10:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00