pot·​tery | \ ˈpä-tə-rē How to pronounce pottery (audio) \
plural potteries

Definition of pottery

1 : a place where clayware is made and fired
2a : the art or craft of the potter
b : the manufacture of clayware
3 : clayware especially : earthenware as distinguished from porcelain and stoneware and from brick and tile

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Examples of pottery in a Sentence

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

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This exhibit provides a comprehensive look into Tiffany’s rare art pottery, distinguished by its complex glazing and unconventional forms. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2019-20: Best Bets," 23 Aug. 2019 Fine arts and handmade crafts available will range from watercolor, acrylic and oil paintings, drawing, printmaking to fiber work, floral, glass, jewelry, soap, metal work, photography, pottery, basketry, ceramics, sculpture, and woodworking. Rachel Steffan, baltimoresun.com, "Something for everyone at Havre de Grace Art Show this weekend," 14 Aug. 2019 Investigators looked at jars and shards of pottery from Santa Ana-La Florida, an archaeological site in Ecuador once inhabited by the Mayo-Chinchipe people, and detected signs of chocolate tippling from as long as 5,300 years ago. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Delicious, Ancient History of Chocolate and Vanilla," 11 July 2019 Until now, there has been a general assumption that the traces of animal fat absorbed by these pieces of pottery were related to the cooking and consumption of food, and this steered initial interpretations in that direction. Fox News, "Mysterious Stonehenge structure may have been built using pig fat," 18 July 2019 Galleries, studios and shops are spread throughout every pocket of the city, each showcasing or emphasizing different kinds of art, from paintings and prints to pottery and woodworking. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky-made art in Louisville: Here are more than a dozen places to find it," 17 July 2019 Indeed, two styles of pottery in neighboring houses suggest that Philistines and Levantines lived side-by-side in Ashkelon. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "Biblical Philistines—archenemies of ancient Israelites—hailed from Europe, DNA reveals," 3 July 2019 Artists wear nitrate gloves to prevent the butter from breaking down, and use sculpting tools similar to those used for clay pottery, including metal chisels and scrapers, to mold the sculptures. Fox News, "At Ohio State Fair, butter brings Apollo 11's moonmen to life," 24 July 2019 The exhibit includes three glass cases that showcase Native American artifacts such as jewelry, spearheads and arrowheads, cooking tools and utensils, and pieces of pottery, as well as two handmade replica pots. USA TODAY, "Kacey Musgraves, sneaker flap, skiing in July: News from around our 50 states," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of pottery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pottery

: 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


pot·​tery | \ ˈpä-tə-rē How to pronounce pottery (audio) \
plural potteries

Kids Definition of pottery

1 : the art or craft of making objects (as dishes and vases) out of clay
2 : objects made from clay that is shaped while moist and hardened by heat

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