late O.E. pottere
, O.Fr. potier
, from root of pot
(1). First record of pottery
is attested from late 15c., "a potter's workshop," from O.Fr. poterie
(13c.), from potier
. Meaning "pottery-ware" is first recorded 1785. Potter's field
(1526) is Biblical, a ground where clay suitable for pottery was dug, later purchased by high priests of Jerusalem as a burying ground for strangers, criminals, and the poor (Matt. xxvii.7).