pot·​tery | \ˈpä-tə-rē \
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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Now, a newer crop is taking a more artisanal tack, touting the kind of craftsmanship that might go into a piece of Japanese lacquer ware or pottery—with a price to match. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "The Hottest Jeans Cost $2,000 and Are Made in Japan," 5 June 2018 Crops were valued trade goods and shared with allies in the same way jewelry, projectile points, and fine pottery were. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America," 26 Jan. 2018 Served in the original resident family’s dining room, guests dine on bespoke wood and pottery dishes while attentive waitstaff explain delicately plated food with explosive flavor. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Where to Experience Ireland’s Culinary Renaissance," 15 Jan. 2018 The studio also focuses on locally made pottery for the vases. Annie Zak, Anchorage Daily News, "Shop Talk: Floral studio owner on how staying small helped business flourish," 24 Mar. 2018 Local historic houses for antiques, country crafts, original art, pottery and furniture. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Free and fun events this weekend in Cincinnati," 7 June 2018 Start at the Rijksmuseum, with its dizzyingly large collection of Dutch paintings, Delft pottery, and other decorative arts. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Amsterdam," 16 Apr. 2018 About 4,500 years ago, archaeologist have found, there was a sudden shift in Britain to new styles of pottery and metalworking, known collectively as the Beaker culture. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, "David Reich Unearths Human History Etched in Bone," 20 Mar. 2018 The show spans more than 2,000 years, from the Bronze Age to the late Roman Empire and includes stone vessels, pottery, sculpture, portraits and religious imagery. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018

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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 \
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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