another name for pottery

Hello Chukwuagozie,

    Thank you for your recent question. The word pottery is derived from the process in which clay, dug from the earth, was hand shaped into pot like forms before firing. This was the beginning of ancient pottery ware. As pottery grew more into functional ware and glazes were added to prevent porous ware from leaking and to decorate the clay, the term ceramics was developed. However, although the two terms are often intertwined as a single definition, today, ceramics is considered any ware that is created using molds or is identified as fine china, where as pottery is considered any ware that is hand built and or thrown on the wheel.

    I hope this answers your question. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me at any time in the future. I am always at your service.

Ms. Ti Phillips
Earth Stoke 'N Fire Pottery Studio and Artist Retreat


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Will answer any questions on hand building, wheel, glaze, firing. Speciality questions to include those in glaze calculation and development, firing techniques. Please do not send questions on identifying pottery. Although I would love to add this to my question topics, I have a retreat to run as well as the studio and volunteering on AllExperts, and therefore do not have the available time to research indentification and marks. Thank you for understanding.


Experience includes 30 years in pottery design and education. Have taught online and studio classes worldwide for the last 20 years. Own a pottery retreat specializing in firing techniques. Have 12 years solid experience in glaze calculation and formulation as well as problem solving in glaze chemistry. I am the first potter in the United States to have developed a complete package of pottery equipment blueprints for a studio. The blueprints include wheels, kilns, studio furniture, wedgeboards, raku kilns, slab rollers, ball mills and studio tools.

Alliance of Pottery Artists Worldwide Association

Ceramic Industry - PPP Wyndstryder Press - Pottery Journal

University of Sciences and Art's of Oklahoma, studied under Professor Jaymes Dudding.

Awards and Honors
Potter of the year with APAWA, various awards for showmanship and design.

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Available upon request.

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