In Macedonia, metalwork flourished mainly from the 18th century onwards, the major centres being Thessaloniki, Kozani, Edessa, Kastoria, Serres, Katerini, Mount Athos, Amyntaion, and others.
In Thessaloniki, in particular, there was a famous bronze market near the Panayia Chalkeon (Kazantzilar Zami), a district of the city that had a tradition in bronze-working from ancient times.
The Turkish origins of the metal vessels are attested by their names and the names of the materials of which they were made: 'briki' (coffee-pot), 'sini' (circular tray), 'goudi' (nortar), 'kazani' (cauldron), 'mangali' (brazier), 'bakiri' (copper) and 'kalas' (pewter).
The vessels were hammered or cast, and decorated with engraved or, more rarely, relief or open-work motifs. They are often engraved with a date and the name of the owner or maker. Metal objects were sold at markets and religious festivals, or were offered by itinerant pedlars.