In the islands, the handmade pottery tradition continued with rectilinear designs in lilac or black on a white surface.
Typically a uniform grey colour, Minyan ware was the first type of Greek pottery made on a potter's wheel, and was therefore quicker and cheaper to produce.
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There was no general style or convergence between local schools. During the Late Geometric period (770-725 BCE), some historical references appear, with representations of events from Greek mythology.
The principal centres of pottery production were Thessaly and Crete. This use of figurative design spread to all areas of ancient Greece except Crete, where abstract motifs continued to prevail.
The former preferred a simple red monochrome with occasional rectilinear patterns based on vertical or diagonal lines, while Cretan (early Minoan) potters specialized in highly polished ware: any decoration was typically incised. And although other centres of pottery production sprang up, (notably in Corinth), the Athenian-led Attic school remained dominant.
Although the Myceneans tried to copy the free-flowing imagery of the Minoans, their efforts were more stilted and less life-like than the originals, although they were mass-produced in large quantities and exported to many neighbouring countries.
It had a huge impact on the work of other Greek potters both on the mainland and the islands, until 1425 BCE when Crete was conquered by the Myceneans.