Pottery was widely practised in Greece, producing small or large, open or closed vases, plain, polished and glazed, to serve the immediate needs of the household. In northern Greece, there was a large number of pottery workshops before 1922, though they were not very technically accomplished.
Pottery workshops operated in Thessaloniki, Kozani, Florina, Nea Karvali, near Kavala, Argos Orestikon, Diavata, and elsewhere; caiques brought clay from the islands on which there were major production centres (Rhodes, Samos, Lesvos, Thasos, Skyros, Corfu, etc.).
The various markets, as well as travelling potters, proffered a large number of clay vessels to meet basic needs. After the Asia Minor disaster (1922), craftsmen from Kiutacheia, Nikaia, and Tsanak-kale, who were bearers of the Middle Eastern tradition, gave a new impulse to, and helped to revive, the ceramic art of Macedonia. Outstanding amongst these was Minas Avramidis.