Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Explain the properties and ingredients of a good clay body for pottery.
- Make two drawings of pottery forms. These are to be on paper at least 8½
by 11 inches. One must be a recognized pottery type. The other must be of your
- Explain the meaning of the following pottery terms: bat, wedging,
throwing, leather dry, bone dry, greenware, bisque, terra-cotta, grog, slip,
earthenware, stoneware, porcelain, pyrometric cone, glaze.
- Do THREE of the following. Each is to be painted, glazed, or otherwise
decorated by you:
- Make a flat tray or dish.
- Make a box, using the slab method.
- Make a vase or jar, using the coil method.
- Make four different tiles of your own design.
- Make a human or animal figurine or decorative design.
- Throw a simple vase on a potter's wheel.
- Make a pottery form. Help to fire it.
- Make a rough drawing of a potter's wheel. Tell how it works.
- Do ONE of the following:
- Explain the scope of the ceramic industry in the United States. Tell
some of the things made, other than craft pottery.
- Visit a pottery, brickyard, ceramic plant, trade school, or workshop.
Take notes on how pottery is made. Describe your visit.
BSA Advancement ID#: 87
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002