WOMMEN POTTERS OF CYPRUS

By Gloria LONDON

TETRAKTYS FILMS LTD. - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2000


    • Year of production
    • 2000
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • CYPRUS
    • Languages
    • GREEK, ENGLISH
    • Director(s)
    • Gloria LONDON
    • Synopsis
    • Traditional women potters working on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, who coil build cooking pots, jars, jugs, ovens and other clay containers on a slow moving turntable, us a technique reminiscent of ancient pottery. The women are the last of their generation. The similarities between traditional and ancient shapes, incised decorations, materials, and wood-burning kilns, provide an ideal ethnoarchaeological study of craft specialists. Quantitative data measure the rate of loss, number of pots fired together, precise decoration, along with attributes designed to differentiate between village and individual styles in Kornos and three mountain villages. After a 7-month field study in 1986, a year long follow-up in 1999-2000 examines what has changed or remained the same. As the number of traditional potters decrease annually, soon it will be impossible to record their work. Visit the potters to experience a rapidly disappearing traditional Cypriot craft set to authentic women's dance music.
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