pottery

noun
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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Most of the pottery at Payne’s Creek that wasn’t used for salt-boiling is in the same style as that found at Lubaantan. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Small Mayan saltworks could have supplied thousands, preserved food," 9 Oct. 2018 Try signing up for a regular class, like pottery or writing, to routinely put yourself in an inventive space. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 Live calypso music and stands for paintings, pottery, and other handicrafts round out a perfect evening in Barbados. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 That implies that people were setting fires in the valley, either to clear fields, cook food, or make pottery. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Supposedly pristine South American forest had been pre-Columbian farmland," 17 July 2018 Nothing remains of the works, but fine examples of the pottery produced can be viewed at the Lighthouse Museum. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 For one weekend in mid-August, the city transforms itself into this bustling bazaar; 100,000 people perusing thousands of vendors’ tables and tents filled with supposedly authentic Native American crafts — pottery, rugs, leather goods, jewelry. Alexandra Mondalek, Vox, "Fake turquoise jewelry is hurting Native Americans economically," 24 Oct. 2018 Elements like mod leather chairs, Native American pottery, midcentury portraiture, touchable textile wallhangings, and kids art all live comfortably in this 19th-century home. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 Asbestos was crucial to ancient Greek society, where the stuff was used within pottery, napkins, insulation, clothing, and even symbolic eternal flames within temples dedicated to Greek gods, which would burn slowly on asbestos wicks. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Asbestos, And Why Did We Use It So Much?," 7 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of pottery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pottery

noun

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 \
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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