Pottery Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The Merit Badge Pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a Merit Badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Pottery Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge Workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Pottery Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this Merit Badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this Merit Badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Pottery Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Pottery Merit Badge Workbook
Pottery Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Pottery Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Pottery Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


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.

It should go without saying that Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet for this requirement as all the required knowledge and recommendations will be found within the contents of the Merit Badge Pamphlet for this requirement. It is strongly recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings by either marking their pamphlet or making notes on their Merit Badge Workbook for easy reference when explaining their findings to the counselor and/or class.


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.

This requirement can easily be prepared for through the reviewal of the Merit Badge Pamphlet. All the necessary information and explanation can be found in the pamphlet for preparing for completion of this requirement. Finding the information however is only a part of the requirement. Scouts must actively be ready and successfully explain what is asked for in this requirement during the class in order to be considered for completion of this requirement.


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.

Scouts will find it beneficial to have their drawing done ahead of the class so that they can focus their time during the class on other requirements.  Be Prepared.


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.

Scouts should review this requirement and its terms and be prepared to explain. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for explanation of these items. These terms will be discussed in the class.


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.

This requirement will be done during the class.  The majority of class time will be allotted to working on this requirement and its components.  Be prepared with pre-work on the other requirements will allow Scouts the maximum available time during the class to work on this requirement and its components. It is recommended that Scouts review the Pottery Merit Badge pamphlet ahead of the class to be prepared for the best results when working on this requirement and its components during the class.


6. Explain the scope of the ceramic industry in the United States. Tell some things made other than craft pottery.

Scouts will find all they need to know to complete this requirement by reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet. The Counselor for the class will assist in further understanding through sharing of knowledge to ensure the Scout has a complete understanding in order to complete this requirement. The Counselors known expertise for this requirement should NOT be a reason Scouts minimize the importance of researching this requirement. Scouts still need to show that they have a basic understanding through their preparation work in order to be considered for completion of this requirement.


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.

This requirement will NOT be covered during the class. HOWEVER, Scouts, who have selected one of these options to complete for this requirement, will have an opportunity to share their work during the class for consideration by the counselor for sign off. Please remember that any and all requirements, for any merit badge are signed off ONLY at the discretion and satisfaction of the merit badge counselor and that the completion of the requirement has met THEIR interpretation of the requirement. Bring proof of your work to increase your opportunity for sign off, just saying you've done the work is often times not enough to satisfy the counselor for sign off.


8. Find out about career opportunities in pottery. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for completion of this requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020