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16000 BCE: Oldest pottery vessels known found in Japan
14500 BCE - 5000 BCE: The Incipient phase of the Jomon Period, earliest known pottery in the world made during this time.
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.
3500 BCE - 3100 BCE: Period V - Writing, crafts and pottery produced. Beer and wine brewed.
2000 BCE: Pottery wheel introduced to Minoan civilization on Crete.
1900 BCE - 1500 BCE: Sphinxes are represented in Minoan art in pottery, plaques and fabrics.
1500 BCE - 1200 BCE: Sphinxes are represented in Mycenaean art, particularly in pottery and ivory carving.
1000 BCE: The first distinctive Greek pottery is produced, the Proto-geometric style.
900 BCE: The Geometric style of Greek pottery is first produced.
800 BCE: The first stylized human and animal figures appear on Greek Geometric pottery.
675 BCE - 626 BCE: Fine bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
650 BCE: Pegasus first appears on Greek pottery decoration.
625 BCE: Black-figure pottery created in Corinth.
625 BCE - 600 BCE: The orientalizing style of Greek pottery becomes popular in Corinth.
625 BCE - 575 BCE: Transitional bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
620 BCE - 600 BCE: Proto-corinthian reaches its zenith in artistic quality producing the best pottery in Greece.
600 BCE - 500 BCE: The first depictions on black-figure pottery of Hercules fighting the centaur Nessos.
600 BCE - 500 BCE: Corinthian pottery depicts scenes of the centaur Pholos and Hercules.
600 BCE - 400 BCE: Attic pottery depicts the centaur Chiron in various mythological scenes.
600 BCE - 480 BCE: Attic black-figure pottery dominates the greek ceramic market.
600 BCE - 550 BCE: Laconia produces black-figure pottery.
575 BCE - 480 BCE: Heavy bucchero pottery style in Etruria.
570 BCE: First signed example of black-figure pottery by Sophilos.
570 BCE - 560 BCE: Kleitias, one of the masters of black-figure pottery decoration is active.
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: Red-figure pottery style takes precedent over black-figure.
530 BCE: The Andokides Painter invents red-figure pottery.
510 BCE - 470 BCE: The Kleophrades Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
500 BCE - 460 BCE: Douris, the red-figure pottery painter is active.
490 BCE - 460 BCE: The Berlin Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
480 BCE - 450 BCE: The Pan Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
470 BCE: The Providence Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
470 BCE - 425 BCE: The Achilles Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
440 BCE: The Eretria Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
420 BCE - 400 BCE: The Meidias Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
400 BCE - 375 BCE: The Meleager Painter of red-figure pottery is active.
320 BCE: Last recorded examples of Attic Red-Figure Pottery.
163 CE - 164 CE: Dating of Samian pottery on the Antonine Wall indicates its final abandonment.