Pottery Merit Badge Pamphlet Pottery Merit Badge

Pottery


Requirements were REVISED effective 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. Explain the properties and ingredients of a good clay body for the following:
    1. Making sculpture
    2. Throwing on the wheel
  3. Make two drawings of pottery forms, each on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. One must be a historical pottery type. The other must be of your own design.
  4. Explain the meaning of the following pottery terms: bat, wedging, throwing, leather hard, bone dry, greenware, bisque, terra-cotta, grog, slip, score, earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, pyrometric cone, and glaze.
  5. Do the following. Each piece is to be painted, glazed, or otherwise decorated by you:
    1. Make a slab pot, a coil pot, and a pinch pot.
    2. Make a human or animal figurine or decorative sculpture.
    3. Throw a functional form on a potter's wheel.
    4. Help to fire a kiln.
  6. Tell how three different kinds of potter’s wheels work.
  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
Requirements last updated in: 2003
Pamphlet Publication Number: 00000
Pamphlet Stock (SKU) Number: 33314A
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2002

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