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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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 Find a large assortment of trees, plants, flowers, garden art and furniture, planters, veggie starts, birdhouses and feeders, pottery, metal art, flowering hanging baskets and more. Corey Sheldon, OregonLive.com, "HG calendar May 12-20: nurture Mother's Day memories in the garden," 11 May 2018 This one-day event features basketry, glass, jewelry, oil painting, photography, pottery, woodworking and more. baltimoresun.com, "Delaware beaches’ 2018 calendar of events," 11 May 2018 Here are some of the things people do: forest walking, yoga, eating in the forest, hot-spring therapy, T’ai chi, meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, art classes and pottery, Nordic walking and plant observation. Qing Li, Time, "‘Forest Bathing’ Is Great for Your Health. Here’s How to Do It," 1 May 2018 How much do Lupe’s Moros owe to the cook and the setting—to the skylit dining room and the green Oaxacan pottery, the colonial architecture and the swallows in the fig trees—and how much to their untampered genes? Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 In some kinds of cosmetics or seasonings, usually made in other countries In some unglazed pottery. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children found with high levels of lead in Milwaukee County suburbs. What can you do to change this?," 7 Feb. 2018 Explore all the back streets and meet the local artisans making pottery, copper pots, ladies weaving carpets, antique textiles. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016 The ClayGround pottery studio has been open since June 1. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "For Ellicott City's businesses, signs of a slow comeback after flooding," 14 June 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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