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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 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:
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 things made other than craft pottery.

Source: 2007 Boy Scout Requirements (33215)


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