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Pottery merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1927
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID:
Requirements revision: 2003
Latest pamphlet revision: 2002


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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)


Worksheet A FREE workbook for Pottery is available here! (badge.pdf PDF or badge.docx Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Pottery requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Per the BSA: You should read the merit badge pamphlet on the subject. Merit badge pamplets are available at your local Scout Shop or online at ScoutStuff.org.

Help with these requirements

External links

  • Pottery -- An easy approach to the basics of pottery, including several links that may help you find additional information.
  • How to make Pottery.com -- Just what it sounds like: an online guide to making pottery.
  • Ceramics.Org -- The American Ceramic Society's home page.
  • Potters Council -- The Potters Council of the American Ceramic Society's home page.
  • Category:Ceramic materials -- Wikipedia's Ceramic Materials category. Topics included take a much more specific and detailed approach.
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