The Ultimate Pottery Quiz
by Staff
Have you ever craved the feel of wet clay under your fingertips? Do you have unfulfilled creative urges? Let our quiz help you decide if pottery making is the creative outlet you've been looking for.

Potters work with ceramics to create pottery. How many types of pottery are there?

  • three
  • 10
  • 20

Early pottery was used for:

  • storage
  • cooking
  • both of the above

The craft industry grew by a healthy _____ between 2000 and 2004.

  • $1 million
  • $2 million
  • $10 million

Which ancient people are credited with elevating pottery-making to an art form?

  • the Greeks
  • the Israelites
  • the Phoenicians

Which was the first type of potter's wheel to be used by potters?

  • the slow wheel
  • the fast wheel
  • the motorized wheel

What breakthrough in pottery originated in China during the Han Dynasty?

  • glass
  • porcelain
  • Corelle

What qualities do lead glazes impart to pottery?

  • They make earthenware waterproof.
  • They add a decorative element.
  • both of the above

Terra cotta planters are an example of_____pottery.

  • earthenware
  • stoneware
  • porcelain

The high firing temperatures of stoneware pieces makes them similar to:

  • glass
  • stone
  • bone china

Kaolin clay, used to make porcelain, is also called:

  • white clay
  • China clay
  • both of the above

Which of the following is one of the three basic techniques of hand building pottery?

  • pinch construction
  • punch construction
  • jab construction

Which of the three hand building pottery techniques is favored by Native Americans?

  • coil construction
  • pinch construction
  • slab construction

Slab construction is used for making objects with 90 degree angles. The paste used to connect the individual square sections is called:

  • slip
  • rubber cement
  • Elmer's glue

When a pot is said to be leather-hard, it is _____percent dry.

  • 50
  • 75
  • 100

Using a pottery wheel is called:

  • shaping
  • throwing
  • wheeling

Which methods are used for preparing the clay before using a pottery wheel to shape it?

  • wedging
  • spiral kneading
  • both of the above

What do we call the plate that attaches to the potter's wheel and forms a surface for the clay?

  • a bat
  • a ball
  • a mitt

What is the name of the tool that is used to shape the clay during the throwing process?

  • shaper
  • smoother
  • rib

Firing (baking) of clay pottery is done in a:

  • brick oven
  • kiln
  • wall oven

What do we call clay pottery right before it is placed in the kiln for its first round of firing?

  • greenware
  • blueware
  • redware