noun \ˈpä-tə-rē\

: objects (such as bowls, plates, etc.) that are made out of clay usually by hand and then baked at high temperatures so that they become hard

: the art or activity of making objects out of clay

: a place where potters make objects out of clay

plural pot·ter·ies

Full Definition of POTTERY

:  a place where clayware is made and fired
a :  the art or craft of the potter
b :  the manufacture of clayware
:  clayware; especially :  earthenware as distinguished from porcelain and stoneware and from brick and tile

Examples of POTTERY

  1. He has collected pottery for years.
  2. She was a painter for years before she discovered pottery.

First Known Use of POTTERY

15th century

Rhymes with POTTERY


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

One of the oldest and most widespread of the decorative arts, consisting chiefly of functional objects (such as vessels, plates, and bowls) made of clay and hardened with heat. Earthenware is the oldest and simplest form; stoneware is fired at a high temperature to cause it to vitrify and harden; and porcelain is a fine, generally translucent form of pottery. The Chinese began their sophisticated production of pottery in the Neolithic period and produced porcelain as early as the 7th century CE. Chinese porcelain, or “china,” was widely exported to Europe and had a profound influence on European manufacturers and on taste. Classical Greek and Islamic cultures are also known for their artistic and technical innovations in pottery.


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