Ceramics making from baked clay belong to the oldest occupations in Slovakia and for archaeologists the fragments of ceramics are a lead to dating particular cultures.
The oldest written document about pottery dates from the year 1416 and is from Pozdišovce. The first pottery guild on the territory of Slovakia came into existence in Bardejov in 1475. The development of pottery was connected with practical needs of the countryside households for various kinds of dishes.
Potters worked especially in winter and sold their goods at markets and fairs. The production of faience dishes started to develop with the arrival of the Habans in western Slovakia. This tradition was followed by ceramics making in western Slovakia, the best-known being the faience of Holíč.
Gradually, centres of ceramics making developed from folk pottery centres like Modra (Majolica), Pozdišovce, Dechtice, Sekule and Dobrá Voda. Many of them carry on with the tradition even today. In Modra tourists can visit a factory producing Majolica and they can try and make their own pieces.