Those fans reading this post who have spent the night camped in front of the Armoloi Ceramics shop will be pleased. Armoloi’s ever popular “fish themed” ceramics will be among the articles on sale when the doors are flung open at 11:30 today. But not the plates in the photo! No, no, no.
The plates shown were in a shop window on another Mediterranean island, in fact the largest island in that sea, Sicily. While many ceramic painters use generic “fish shapes” as design elements, the fish spotted recently on these brightly painted disks in Palermo display what look specifically like tuna.
For millenia tuna fishing was a major Sicilian industry though now all Sicilian tuna canneries have closed. Demand and subsequent over fishing by factory ships did the local industry in.
…and this post was supposed to only be about ceramics!