Pottery Merit Badge

 

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Required?
  No
BSA No.
  87
Ranking
  # 68 (of 121)
Total Earned
  289,108
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Pottery Merit Badge Requirements

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:
   A) Making sculpture
   B) Throwing on the wheel

3) Make two drawings of pottery forms, each on an 8 ½ 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:
   A) Make a slab pot, a coil pot, and a pinch pot.
   B) Make a human or animal figurine or decorative sculpture.
   C) Throw a functional form on a potter’s wheel.
   D) 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 of the things made, other than craft pottery.

Source: Boy Scout Requirements, 33215, revised 2004