Definition of pottery in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpädərē/ /ˈpɑdəri/


  • 1Pots, dishes, and other articles made of earthenware or baked clay. Pottery can be broadly divided into earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware.

    • ‘The Japanese use the word yaki for porcelain, pottery and earthenware alike.’
    • ‘The burglars escaped with a hoard of limited edition bone china, porcelain and pottery collectables leaving behind only muddy footprints.’
    • ‘The dishes may be round or rectangular and are made of pottery, porcelain, or decorated lacquer.’
    • ‘Satsuma ware is something between porcelain and pottery.’
    • ‘With collectable pottery and porcelain, the rare and the wonderful remain expensive.’
    • ‘After that I started collecting pottery and porcelain and then started selling it.’
    • ‘The long-established Sitiwinangun earthenware pottery, locally known as gerabah, is dominated by the color maroon.’
    • ‘Antique cups of pottery and earthenware are also occasionally found.’
    • ‘They specialise in hand-make stoneware pottery that is both attractive and useful.’
    • ‘There are pots and pans to hand-built pieces and sculptures in stoneware pottery.’
    • ‘These rooms contain tens of thousands of clay pots, pottery shards, copper and bronze weapons, tools and statuettes.’
    • ‘Few pieces of Chinese porcelain or pottery made prior to the 14th century bear reign marks and those that do should be viewed with suspicion.’
    • ‘Historically ceramics production was widely dispersed, its main branches being brick and tile, pottery and porcelain manufacture.’
    • ‘Such scenes were greatly appealing to pottery and porcelain manufacturers, giving a range of products a particularly strong sales boost.’
    • ‘In porcelain and pottery, connoisseurship was in its infancy, as can be seen by publications of the time.’
    • ‘Things materialize from the sand upon occasion - a tool, a hasp, a leg-bone from someone long gone to God, pottery from local clay.’
    • ‘There was exquisite pottery, clay figurines and animals, beads of lapis lazuli, silver and shell, as well as the usual weights and seals.’
    • ‘She argues that rice husks used to temper clay pottery at Koldihawa and Mahagara sites indicate that a domesticated rice was grown at that time.’
    • ‘The experience of molding clay sculpture and pottery is one that is usually remembered by the child and treasured for life.’
    • ‘It consisted of delicately inlaying colored clays into white bodied pottery.’
    china, crockery, ceramics, ware
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    1. 1.1The craft or profession of making pottery.
      ‘courses include drawing, painting, and pottery’
      • ‘One of the ways the organisation works to keep children off the street is by getting them involved in arts and crafts, like pottery and printing.’
      • ‘The chief Bemba crafts are pottery and baskets.’
      • ‘Activities will include arts and crafts, pottery, cooking, music and movement, drama, dancing, outdoor games and lots more fun activities.’
      • ‘Interpretation centres, an ecology centre, a community hall for traditional art and drama, pottery and a craft museum.’
      • ‘Fulani men are less involved in the production of crafts such as pottery, iron-working, and dyeing than some neighboring peoples.’
      • ‘There are opportunities for people to use their creative abilities in fine dancing, needlework, illumination, and other crafts such as pottery.’
      • ‘Scottish crafts such as pottery, hand-knitting, jewelry-making, and weaving are widely practiced.’
      • ‘And these camps are conducted for all kinds of skills and activities such as pottery, arts and crafts, and personality development.’
      • ‘This Amerindian descent is still evident in the northern countryside where pottery and other Indian crafts are made with traditional methods.’
      • ‘Traditional Dutch crafts include pottery, tile work, glassware, and silver.’
      • ‘Visitors can also get a ‘hands-on’ experience of the beautiful crafts like pottery or weaving.’
      • ‘In addition to pottery, other crafts are embroidery and the production of leather goods such as belts and purses.’
      • ‘Among the activities will be pottery, arts and crafts, dancing, film making and Information Technology work.’
      • ‘You'll be able to learn about crafts from scrapbooking to pottery in the demonstrations.’
      • ‘The concept of folk art not only included fine art, but referred mainly to arts and crafts such as pottery or textile works.’
      • ‘Embroidery, used to decorate the place mats, was combined with other traditional crafts, including pottery and china painting.’
      • ‘After graduating from Indiana University, she returned to Italy to study pottery at a professional ceramic trade school in Faenza.’
      • ‘It has made a remarkable contribution to the arts in Australia, in painting and pottery, sculpture, architecture, and literature.’
      • ‘Most will offer non-traditional classes such as painting or pottery.’
      • ‘Vilasini, 23, lives in Bangalore, India and enjoys painting and pottery.’
    2. 1.2A factory or workshop where pottery is made.
      • ‘Her Chateau de Bellevue was on the edge of the Meudon Forest, with a long view of the Seine Valley down to Paris, and with the Sevres potteries tucked under the escarpment.’
      • ‘The production of commercial tableware began in the late 1800s, and by 1920 potteries had perfected a vitrified china which would not chip or stain in heavy use.’
      • ‘No reference to any uphill traffic has been found, though return loads may have been consumables for the brickfields, potteries and coal mines.’
      • ‘The quieter elegance of the neoclassical style achieved a cameo-like effect which was finally translated into ‘jasper’ and ‘Basalt’ in the Wedgwood potteries.’
      • ‘The deposit consists of many thousands of waste pieces from the Isleworth Pottery - one of London's four major potteries at the time.’
      • ‘In spite of the protective tariff levied on imported decorated ceramic wares, many American art potteries were unable to survive the influx of foreign wares.’
      • ‘A critical juncture in his career was a four-month visit to Japan in 1876 and 1877, where he was able to tour potteries and religious sites that few Westerners had visited.’
      • ‘A former art school student and classically-trained sculpture, Dave's studies took him to Grimsby, Harrow, and Staffordshire potteries.’
      • ‘For the past two hundred years scholars have been engaged in matching the maker's marks on objects to the potteries and estimating dates of manufacture.’
      • ‘These were common to potteries in the Deep South and are notable for the variety of colors they produced, from yellow and green to reddish and dark brown.’
      • ‘Studies of ceramics and other commodities show a substantial drop in imports and dominance of markets by such British centres of production as the Oxfordshire potteries.’
      • ‘Dresser went to every part of that still mysterious country, visiting potteries, workers in wood and metal, artists, temples and the Emperor Meiji himself.’
      • ‘In 1900 people were working in Hobsonville, in the potteries there.’
      • ‘Around 1770 there were five thousand workers employed in the potteries of England and Wales.’
      • ‘This was curtailed by persistent headaches, and upon leaving he worked for the two years to 1791 in his father's potteries.’
      • ‘The patronage of a daimyo allowed the potteries to aim for the highest quality without regard to cost.’
      • ‘Then she headed off to New Zealand and Australia to work in potteries.’
      • ‘There was a time I was on the phone to the potteries in Stoke every hour about these tiles.’
      • ‘The nearby Jingdezhen potteries used the kaolin to create their fine white porcelain.’


Middle English from Old French poterie, from potier ‘a potter’.



/ˈpädərē/ /ˈpɑdəri/