potter

If you regularly make bowls and mugs out of clay, you can call yourself a potter. Potters shape soft clay either by pinching it with their fingers or turning it on a wheel while pulling and squeezing the moving clay.

After shaping and sometimes glazing or decorating a piece of pottery, a potter bakes it at a high temperature in a special oven called a kiln. The verb potter, "occupy one's self in a pleasant, unhurried way," comes from a different root from the noun — so a potter doesn't necessarily potter around her studio.

Primary Meanings of potter

1.
n
a craftsperson who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln
2.
v
do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
Full Definitions of potter
1

n a craftsperson who shapes pottery on a potter's wheel and bakes them it a kiln

Synonyms:
ceramicist, ceramist, thrower
Examples:
Josiah Spode
English potter who started a pottery famous for its bone china (1754-1827)
Josiah Wedgwood
English potter (1730-1795)
Type of:
artificer, artisan, craftsman, journeyman
a skilled worker who practices some trade or handicraft
2

v do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly

Synonyms:
mess around, monkey, monkey around, muck about, muck around, putter, tinker
Types:
puddle
mess around, as in a liquid or paste
Type of:
work
exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

v work lightly

“The old lady is pottering around in the garden”
Synonyms:
putter
Type of:
busy, occupy
keep busy with

v move around aimlessly

Synonyms:
potter around, putter, putter around
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

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