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

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 Every find is plotted, from a shard of pottery to a cannon; currents are modeled, and seabed geology is assessed. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 July 2022 Fitton drew international attention last month after the conviction for picking up shards of pottery from an archeological site in southern Iraq. Samya Kullab, ajc, 26 July 2022 Fitton drew international attention last month after his conviction for picking up shards of pottery from an archaeological site in southern Iraq. Washington Post, 26 July 2022 Its soothing green celadon walls and lemon yellow tables are accented by turmeric-hued cushions, a bar laid with zesty orange tiles and shelves of Singh’s personal collection of Majorcan and French pottery. New York Times, 18 July 2022 Food and refreshments available at the Old Fire House from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., vendor and artist booths, country crafts, original art, pottery and antiques. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 5 June 2022 The artistically varied artists share their talents in a gallery exhibition while providing creative pieces available for purchase– from t-shirts and amazing watercolor works to wearable art and pottery. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 Use stacks of books, textured baskets, and pottery collections to give your shelves interest. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2022 Bags are colored in leather the same shade of terracotta with embossments inspired by red figure pottery. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 18 July 2022 See More

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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 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for pottery


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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