TROOP•444

Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Pottery Merit Badge

 

Pottery

 

 

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. Do the following:
        A. Explain the properties and ingredients of a good clay body for the following:
            1. Making sculpture
            2. Throwing on the wheel
        B. Tell how three different kinds of potter's wheels work.
  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 style. 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. Explain the scope of the ceramic industry in the United States. Tell some things made other than craft pottery.
  7. With your parent's permission and your counselor's approval, do ONE of the following:
        A. Visit the kiln yard at a local college or other craft school. Learn how the different kinds of kilns work,
              including low-fire electric, gas or propane high-fire, wood or salt/soda, and raku.
        B. Visit a museum, art exhibit, art gallery, artists' co-op, or artist's studio that features pottery. After
              your visit, share with your counselor what you have learned.
        C. Using resources from the library, magazines, the Internet (with your parent's permission), and other
              outlets, learn about the historical and cultural importance of pottery. Share what you discover with
              your counselor.
  8. Find out about career opportunities in pottery. Pick one and find out about the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Pottery Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
TRUSTWORTHY
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
FRIENDLY
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
COURTEOUS
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
KIND
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
OBEDIENT
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
CHEERFUL
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
THRIFTY
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
BRAVE
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
CLEAN
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.
REVERENT