pottery

noun
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 For academic programs that depend on specialized equipment — such as kilns for pottery workshops and laboratories for chemistry experiments — CSU plans to move forward with a limited number of on-campus offerings, according to White. Elinor Aspegren And Samuel Zwickel, USA TODAY, "In person, online classes or a mix: Colleges' fall 2020 coronavirus reopening plans, detailed," 23 June 2020 The 11th National Teapot Show features teapots in a vast range of materials including glass, metal, pottery, wood, fiber, and mixed media. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "This North Carolina Gallery Has Been Hosting a National Teapot Show for More Than 30 Years," 22 June 2020 For academic programs that depend on specialized equipment — such as kilns for pottery workshops and laboratories for chemistry experiments — CSU plans to move forward with a limited number of on-campus offerings, according to White. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "University of Michigan to bring students back to campus for fall semester," 22 June 2020 Ms Maiklem spends her days on the river’s foreshore foraging for history’s detritus, from Roman pottery to Victorian clay pipes. The Economist, "Sea of troubles Covid-19 has led to a pandemic of plastic pollution," 22 June 2020 There’s a Craftsman's Valley where artisans make things like leather goods, candles, and pottery using old-fashioned methods. Julie Tremaine, Travel + Leisure, "I Went to Dollywood on Opening Day — Here's What It Was Like," 18 June 2020 People had already been living at the site for some time before construction started; Inomata and his colleagues found pottery, bones, and shells on the rise of bedrock beneath the earthen platform itself, dating to between 1250 and 1050 BCE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists discover the largest—and oldest—Maya monument ever," 3 June 2020 Whoever created it was probably a hunter-gatherer living at Lingjing, in northern China, near the end of the last Ice Age; their culture also made simple pottery and shaped black chert into small, sharp blades. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "13,300-year-old Chinese bird figurine found in a rubbish heap," 10 June 2020 Gloves will be provided to ensure safe handling of the pottery. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday is back in Anchorage, with events both in person and online," 4 June 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for pottery

pottery

noun
How to pronounce pottery (audio)

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

pottery

noun
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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