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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Farther north, from Russia to the Rhine, a new culture sprang up, called Corded Ware after its pottery, which was decorated by pressing string into wet clay. Andrew Curry, National Geographic, "The first Europeans weren’t who you might think," 12 July 2019 The archaeologists found nearly 100 complete pottery vessels in the ancient city. Fox News, "Biblical city with links to King David discovered in southern Israel," 10 July 2019 The popular antique appraisal fair and Cowan pottery sale will return from 1 to 3 p.m. at the ice rink. Carol Kovach, cleveland.com, "This weekend’s River Days features fun for all ages: West Shore Chatter," 9 July 2019 The couple celebrated one year of wedded bliss on Sunday, spending the day exchanging gifts, doing couple’s yoga, taking a pottery class and enjoying a fast-food dinner. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kaley Cuoco and Husband Karl Cook Celebrate 1 Year of Marriage: 'I'm Never Letting You Go!'," 1 July 2019 Among the oldest pottery fragments, male fingerprints appeared on 66 percent. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Fingerprints Show Men and Women Both Made Pottery in the American Southwest," 28 May 2019 His team is now excavating the fortress grounds themselves, collecting pottery fragments to find out when the site was occupied. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, "The Lost World of the Maya is Finally Emerging From the Jungle," 7 Feb. 2019 Leslie OvertonPassportedOverton specializes in immersive cultural experiences, like cooking classes, dance or music lessons, weaving or pottery classes, in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 Rogen clearly has a natural talent for throwing pottery. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Seth Rogen's New Hobby Is Making Ashtrays — & They're Good," 25 June 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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