This is the British Museum reference book reissued with a jacket design and pbk-with-flaps cover. This is the classic, colour survey of ceramic art and production worldwide, from prehistory. It offers information for students and anyone interested in pottery. Pottery is one of the earliest and most widespread of human activities and its history can be traced back to the Stone Age. This account begins with the earliest civilizations of the Near and Middle East and follows the production of pottery chronologically around the globe. The final chapters analyse the development of ceramics as a medium of personal expression by artist and studio potters from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. The illustrations drawn from major collections all over the world includes examples of styles, materials and forms from all periods.