POTTERY


REQUIREMENTS REVISED January 1, 2003
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  1. Explain to your counselor the precautions that must be followed for the safe use and operation of a potter’s tools, equipment, and other materials.
  2. 1. Explain the properties and ingredients of a good clay body for pottery the following:
    1. Making sculpture
    2. Throwing on the wheel
  3. 2. Make two drawings of pottery forms These are to be on paper at least 8 1/2 by 11 inches., each on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. One must be a recognized historical pottery type. The other must be of your own design.
  4. 3. Explain the meaning of the following pottery terms: bat, wedging, throwing, leather hard, dry, bone dry, greenware, bisque, terra-cotta, grog, slip, score, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, pyrometric cone, and glaze.
  5. 4. Do THREE of the following. Each piece is to be painted, glazed, or otherwise decorated by you:
    1. Make a flat tray or dish slab pot, a coil pot, and a pinch pot.
    2. Make a box, using the slab method.
      c. Make a vase or jar, using the coil method.
      d. Make four different tiles of your own design.
      e.
      Make a human or animal figurine or decorative design sculpture.
    3. f. Throw a simple vase functional form on a potter's wheel.
    4. g. Make a pottery form. Help to fire it. Help to fire a kiln.
  6. 5. Make a rough drawing of a potter's wheel. Tell how it works.
    Tell how three different kinds of potter’s wheels work.
    6. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Explain the scope of the ceramic industry in the United States. Tell some of the things made, other than craft pottery.
    2. Visit a pottery, brickyard, ceramic plant, trade school, or workshop. Take notes on how pottery is made. Describe your visit.
  7. Visit the kiln yard at a local college or other crafts school. Learn how the different kinds of kilns work, including the low-fire electric, high-fire gas or propane, wood or salt/soda, and raku.
  8. Explain the scope of the ceramic industry in the United States. Tell some things made other than craft pottery.

BSA Advancement ID#: 87
Pamphlet Revision Date: ????
Requirements last revised in 2003


Page updated on: April 16, 2012



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