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  • 29000 BCE - 25000 BCE
    Gravettian figurines including the Venus of Dolní Věstonice.
  • 16000 BCE
    Oldest pottery vessels known found in Japan
  • 14000 BCE
    Pottery production at the Amur River in modern-day Russia.
  • 8000 BCE
    Ovens in use in the Near East are applied to pottery production.
  • 5500 BCE
    Oldest faience workshop in Egypt founded at Abydos.
  • c. 4000 BCE
    Creation at Uruk of first mass-produced bowls.
  • c. 2000 BCE
    Pottery wheel introduced to Minoan civilization on Crete.
  • c. 1000 BCE
    The first distinctive Greek pottery is produced, the Proto-geometric style.
  • c. 900 BCE
    The Geometric style of Greek pottery is first produced.
  • 675 BCE - 626 BCE
    Fine bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
  • 625 BCE - 575 BCE
    Transitional bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
  • c. 625 BCE
    Black-figure pottery created in Corinth.
  • c. 625 BCE - 600 BCE
    The orientalizing style of Greek pottery becomes popular in Corinth.
  • c. 620 BCE - 600 BCE
    Proto-corinthian reaches its zenith in artistic quality producing the best pottery in Greece.
  • 600 BCE - 480 BCE
    Attic black-figure pottery dominates the greek ceramic market.
  • 575 BCE - 480 BCE
    Heavy bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
  • c. 570 BCE - c. 560 BCE
    The black-figure Francois Vase is produced in Attica by Ergotimos (potter) and Kleitias (painter).
  • 560 BCE - 520 BCE
    Chalkidian black-figure pottery is produced in southern Italy.
  • 545 BCE - 530 BCE
    Exekias, perhaps the greatest black-figure pottery painter is active.
  • 530 BCE
    The Andokides Painter invents red-figure pottery.
  • c. 530 BCE
    Red-figure pottery style takes precedent over black-figure.
  • 320 BCE
    Last recorded examples of Attic Red-Figure Pottery.
  • c. 300 CE - c. 700 CE
    Haniwa terracotta figurines are placed outside Japanese mound tombs or kofun.
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