SLOW ASTERN

Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – foorno

FOORNO
Oven

Large oven constructed of broken ‘pithari’ and red clay.
The main bulk usually protrudes from the end or side of the house.
The main construction shown above, is effected by first placing sticks covered by ferns and then earth on top to form a rough dome shape. The broken pots are then cemented with red clay over the top. An access arch is formed in the wall of the house. The dome is insulated further with red clay and pot fragments and filled in with earth. A roof is placed overall to protect the construction from rain. The inside floor is of red clay. 6-7 hours firing is required to harden clay. When the correct temperature is reached a glass-bottle will melt inside and indeed a number of bottles melted gives a smooth, easily cleaned bottom.
6-12 loaves may be baked at a time depending on size.
These large family ovens superseded smaller ‘pithari’ ovens ->
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Jeff Soan’s Ikaria 1974 – Ayia Kiriaki
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‘Slow Astern’ is a position on the engine telegraph located inside the bridge of a ship. It’s purpose is to transmit the orders of the captain to the engine room below decks. ‘Slow astern’ means ‘slowly backwards’. In Greek it is ‘ΟΠΙΣΘΕΝ ΗΡΈΜΑ’. I am using this nautical term as a metaphor to say ‘slowly back to the past’ or if you wish, «a calm and sobber throwback in time».Hello!
In case some readers thought that all I love about my favorite island is nature, I hope this post will make them change their minds. Because, connected with that nature, inside that nature, befriended with that nature, a very peculiar civilization developed…

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  1. Angelos Ka said

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    I couldn’t help it. All this is so beautifully presented that I felt I had to share at least the pottery related pages to the facebook group: ‘Potters and Pottery in Greece’.

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    As it looks, they were very appreciated there!

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    🙂

    Μου αρέσει!

  2. Eleni said

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    The following picture has been in my favorites since it was posted to Flickr by Ilias in 2007.

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    This beautifully upgraded article reminded to me the words I wrote in a comment under that picture:

    «I know the scene from my home island. Her hands and legs are evidence this is not a folkloric representation. This is not a wax doll for tourists. She is real. The angle is examplery. So is the hue. This is a great photo to be exhibited.»

    Sometimes I miss my grandmother so much!

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