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  1. What are the three main types of pottery?
  2. Which city in England is known as The Potteries because of its history at the centre of the British pottery industry?
  3. What name is given to a pottery jug in the form of a seated figure which is often a heavy-set, jovial man wearing 18th-century attire, holding a mug of beer in one hand and a pipe in the other?
  4. Name the expert judge on BBC2’s 'The Great Pottery Throw Down' who published his autobiography in 2022 entitled Boy in a China Shop: Life, Clay and Everything?
  5. What word describes pottery that has received its first firing and is ready for glaze application?

  6. China clay is also known by what other alternative name?
  7. Which English ceramic artist and pottery designer is best known for her 1930s Art Deco pottery patterns as seen in her 'Bizarre' collection?
  8. What clay-based unglazed or glazed ceramic gets its name from the Latin for 'baked earth'?
  9. Which German town is world famous for the manufacture of high-quality porcelain?
  10. Which potter first developed Jasperware in the 1770s?
  11. What are the two traditional colours of striped Cornishware products?
  12. Which porcelain brand based in the West Midlands is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence?
  13. What name is given to the type of Japanese pottery traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies?
  14. Thomas Bond first established a "sanitary pottery manufacture" in 1817 in which Staffordshire village beginning with the letter 'A'?
  15. Delftware or Delft pottery, is now a general term used for tin-glazed earthenware from which country?
  16. Which studio potter and art teacher is known as the "Father of British studio pottery"?
  17. What is the strongest of the porcelain ceramics, having great physical strength and high chip resistance?
  18. Which company launched its '1815' dinnerware collection in 2012 and in 1901 received permission to use the word ‘Royal’ in their name?


  1. Earthenware, stoneware and porcelain
  2. Stoke-on-Trent, or Stoke
  3. A Toby Jug, sometimes known as a Fillpot
  4. Keith Brymer Jones
  5. Bisque or biscuit
  6. Kaolin
  7. Clarice Cliff
  8. Terracotta
  9. Meissen
  10. Josiah Wedgwood
  11. Blue and white
  12. Royal Worcester
  13. Raku
  14. Armitage (the company later became Armitage Shanks)
  15. Netherlands, or Holland
  16. Bernard Leach
  17. Bone china
  18. Royal Doulton