A potter, or pottery maker, is a craft artist who uses their artistic talents to create pots, dishes, vases, and other types of artwork. Most create functional pieces that are meant to be put to everyday use. However, they can also create pieces that are decorative, and meant to be appreciated purely as works of art.

The history of pottery is a long one, going back to prehistoric times. Thanks to its strength and durability, pottery can survive for thousands of years, and archeologists often use these surviving pieces to study past cultures.

A potter can train for decades to become a true master of the art of making pottery. But, even then, these artists never stop learning and improving.

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