Athens global supremacy was founded on the basis of two factors: its olive oil production and exports, and its stable monetary system. Kerameikos area was the ancient source of craftmanship, where athenian designers and workers created amazing objects, both in utility and aesthetics.
Moreover, the stability of the democratic political and financial system gave Athenians a solid goverment, with no ups and downs that the previous had.
Today in Athens there are some schools that still keep the tradition of this craft at Plaka e.g. Dotahart, or at the area of Keramikos. Keramikos is located at Gazi area, and is actually the continuation of Psirri. There are many neoclassical buildings and restaurants.
So, if you plan to stay in Athens for a few months, dont miss the chance of visiting and even taking some courses (why not) of this fantastic traditional workshop of Iridanos, with many years of experience, passion and love for ceramic art.
Who knows, you may be attracted to it.. here is the contact link to find out!