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The art of pottery is one of the earliest human practices, and has proved to be one of mankind's most durable creations, with pottery remains being amongst the commonest archaeological find from a wide range of periods and cultures. Pottery has come a long way from the Neolithic days of small clay human and animal figurines, although the basic process of manufacturing has remained the same. One of the major changes in pottery is the development of decoration, with a variety of techniques, such as painting, glazing and lithography, being used today. The Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644) was one of the most innovative periods in pottery production; the iconic blue and white Ming ceramics today can be sold for tens of millions at auction. Some of the 20th century's most renowned artists were talented potters, including Pablo Picasso, who produced nearly 3,000 ceramic works during his lifetime.