Sifnos (Σίφνος) is an island municipality in the Cyclades island group in Greece. The main town on the island is known as Apollonia (pop. 942) located near the center of the island. The second-largest town is Artemon (744). Another major population center is the hilltop village named Kastro (101), built on top of a high cliff on its northwestern shore. The port settlement, on the west cost of the island is known as Kamares (188).
Due to the physiology of the island (rich clay veins, sunny weather and temperature) Sifnos has been traditionally the capital of pottery in the Aegean, with unique jars and pots that are a kind of "trademark" of the island. They are frequent the Sifnian everyday life, such as ashtrays, cooking and food vessels, "masteles", "foufoudes" (kind of chimneys) etc. Locally, 'Sifnios' was a variant word for potter. Initially the oldest potteries were found in central regions such as Artemon and Ano Petali to avoid pirate attacks.
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