The craft of pot-making in Crete has a continuous history for around eight millennia.
Objects of clay dating to the Neolithic period (starting c. 6000 BC) are on display in many museums. In the wake of this great ceramic record, the modern potters create and decorate objects of great value, following in the footsteps of their ancestors.
Apart from the individual workshops around the island, there exist large potting centres even today. At the villages of Margarites (Rethymnon Prefecture), Thrapsano (Herakleion), at Nochia (Chania) and Kentri (Lasithi), many workshops exist: they continue to employ a large number of inhabitants, maintaining the long-lasting creative customs of Cretan ceramicists.