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Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Arts and Crafts/Pottery

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General Conference

Arts and Crafts

Skill Level 2
Year of Introduction: 1938

1. Write or explain orally the different types and uses of pottery and the materials used in making it.

2. What is the purpose of a glaze? Describe the specific dangers to be avoided.


Glaze is a glassy coating which is fired to make it fuse to a ceramic object in order to color, decorate, strengthen or waterproof it. Glazing is functionally important for earthenware vessels, which would otherwise be unsuitable for holding liquids due to porosity. Glaze is also used on functional and decorative stoneware and porcelain. In addition to the functional aspect of glazes, aesthetic concerns include a variety of surface finishes, including degrees of gloss and matte, variegation and finished color. Glazes may also enhance an underlying design or texture which may be either the "natural" texture of the clay or an inscribed, carved or painted design.


Many of the ceramic glazes contain lead. Because of this, lead-based glaze should not be used on articles intended for use in eating or drinking.

3. Design and draw two pottery forms, one of which must be decorated.

4. Do three of the following. Each project is to be decorated, such as painted, glazed, or indented:

a. Using the coil method, make a jar or vase.

b. Using the slab method, make a box.

c. Using the pinch pottery method, make one object.

d. Design and make four different tiles.

e. Make a tray or dish.

f. Throw a simple vase on a potter's wheel