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.
Recent Examples on the Web Artificial intelligence software is not smarter than people but … machines did beat archaeologists in the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, my colleague Heather Murphy wrote. New York Times, 26 May 2021 Anderson's oil paintings, pottery by Kandy Gibson and pencil drawings by Ramona Person will be on display from April 26-June 6 during Natureworks, a three-person show at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Mar. 2021 The Los Angeles native creates minimal lamps, vases and bowls at her pottery studio in Altadena. Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021 The popular pottery studio filed for bankruptcy during the Great Depression. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 11 Aug. 2020 The pickings, via more than 5,000 vendors, include rare western pottery and silver, with lots of BBQ along the way. Amy Merrick, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Archaeologists conducting excavation work at the necropolis discovered numerous pottery shards and intact pots. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 May 2021 Visitors to the austere setting can witness layers of history in the 1,500-year-old cliff dwellings, strewn with pottery shards and bones, and decorated with rock art panels. Alex Schechter, New York Times, 14 May 2021 In this community of rolling hills and farmland, the rich soil yielded brick, pottery shards and nails—hints of souls kept in bondage in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Donna M. Owens, Essence, 24 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of pottery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pottery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pottery. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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