Famed in antiquity first for its riches, then for its ceramics, Sifnos still produces some wonderful brown glaze pottery with minimalist white decorative swirls. As you crisscross the island, you'll see signs advertising pottery workshops, although the clusters of potters in Plati Yialos are, alas, gone. Simos and John Apostolidis (tel. 22840/71-258) are among the few potters who still have a workshop in Plati Yialos. In Kamares, Antonis Kalogerou (tel. 22840/31-651) sells folk paintings of island life and the pottery of Sifnos, which is manufactured in his showroom from the deep gray or red clay mined in the inland hill region. In Apollonia, Kastro, and Artemona a number of shops sell pottery, much of which is from neighboring Paros. You can spot the Parian pottery by its bright colors, shiny glazes, and scenes of fruit, flowers, and island life. For those in search of distinctive jewelry, Spyros Koralis's Ble (tel. 22840/33-055), in Apollonia, does innovative work in silver and gold. I counted twenty jewelry shops in one short stroll recently in Apollonia, so you should find something you like here! Finally, here's something that you almost certainly did not come to Greece to find: a mall. It's in Apollonia and it's called Cycladic Place (www.kikladonxoros.gr), a group of boutiques, cafes, and restaurants grouped around a garden. In short, as the Cycladic Place website says, a mall "especially designed for the Greek summer."
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