Pottery is any item that is made of clay, and it is how dish sets that are used on a daily basis are manufactured. These dishes are often crafted to be beautiful as well as useful. This is an art form that is made to be enjoyed as well as a collection of items to be used. While a few pieces are produced to sit on shelves as displays, most pottery is not in this category. People buy dishes, pots and bowls for dining, perhaps for special holidays. Whether used for every day or on special occasions, dish sets are useful, living art.