陶 means 'pottery'

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Strokes : 11    Frequency: 1648   JLPT: N1    Usefulness: 5    Study set: 5-28    Grade: 8   Intermediate lesson: -    Beginner lesson: -   Begins 25 words   Used in 35 words   Used in 147 names   Not used as a component
Jōyō (常用)
Name    す   すえ
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While enjoying gorgeous photos of pottery that only Japanese clay and firing techniques can produce, you'll gain a sense of what pottery means to the Japanese, from its use in daily life to its Zen connections. You'll also learn how to say not only "pottery" and "potter" in Japanese but also "He made me who I am today" and "I'm drunk on music."
The essay is also included in the following Thematic Bundles
Pottery Is Paramount
皿 陶 鉢 丼
In Japanese cuisine, beautiful presentations are paramount, beginning with the pottery. Essay 1650 explains the philosophy of such aesthetics, including the Zen idea that the transformation of clay into teacups is a religion itself. The other three essays provide vocabulary that distinguishes between vessels (dishes, bowls, and cups) of different sizes and depths. Those essays explore the terms donburi, hibachi (not what you might think!), suribachi, and hachimaki. Moreover, those sources show how, from a kanji perspective, the crowns of our heads are upside-down pots or flat dishes, also explaining how one might eat a "big serving of the head"!
⿰   () hill   wrapped up can  
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In the most useful 10,000 words in Japanese, 陶 is used 3 times, read 1 way.
Across all words in Japanese, 陶 is used 35 times, read 1 way (with 2 variations).
トウ : 30 words FIND ALL
porcelain; china; chinaware; ceramics; pottery
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トウ (read as どう) : 1 word FIND ALL
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size (solution for stiffening textiles, etc.)
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すえ: 4 words. FIND ALL
Sue ware (type of unglazed pottery made from the middle of the Kofun era through the Heian era)  (see also: 穴窯)
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An additional すえ less common words include 陶 but the reading has not yet been categorized.
Henshall: 1650  Joy o' Kanji : 1650  Key to Kanji:

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トウ    pottery, porcelain   
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wrapped up can
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カン    can   
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