Founded in 1987 by Betty Psaropoulou with the aim of housing articles and information collected by herself in the course of her extensive research and wide traveling all over Greece, the Centre of Modern Pottery Studies is an institution functioning as a museum. What is more, it is a research and educational centre intending to preserve and make known to the public the modern Greek pottery of domestic use dating back from the early19th century up to the middle of the 20th. The main concern of the Foundation is the discovery, collection, preservation, study and presentation of any kind of item which is related to the art of Greek pottery, as well as of any kind of activity related to them.
It owns a big collection of articles which is housed on the ground floor of the building located at 8 Ipittou Street, in Plaka. Its classification is based on geographical regions and on type. The collection consists of over 5000 earthenware artifacts of any kind, coming from all the regions of the Greek territory in which the production of pottery was developed during the modern times.
Permanent exhibitions as as well as temporary ones are organised through the year. In the permanent exhibition a complete representation of the traditional Greek pottery of domestic use from the early19th till the middle of the 20th century is on display.
The visitor has the opportunity - through texts, photographs, videos, maps, of the three types of workshops of the Greek territory during the modern era, and other exhibits such as articles, records, stereoscope etc- to draw information about the technology and the importance of the traditional art of pottery, about the stages and the techniques of production, the typology and the usage of pots, as well as their function in everyday life and customarily rituals.
The Centre has also an original archive which consists of maps, sketches, writings, interviews, photographs, films.
Since 1993 the Centre has been organizing educational programs addressed to different age groups, levels of education and social groups. Note that the Museum of Modern Pottery offers a series of seminars on pottery for adults.
For more info: www.potterymuseum.gr
Address: 4-6 Melidoni str. and Ayion Asomaton, Kerameikos
Telephone number: 210-3318491, email: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Opening hours: M-F 09.00-15.00, S closed, S By appointment only