Crafts will be judged by grades.
- A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for each grade in each craft if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to deserve the honor. State Fair entries will be determined by the judges. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected from the honor group.
- Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (example: 1 exhibit in freelance, 1 exhibit in models).
- All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; needlecraft projects are to be ready for intended use; all other crafts are to be finished as required.
- Each year should be a new learning experience, therefore, more difficult exhibits should be made each year.
- Needlework may be placed in clear plastic bag for display.
- A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins.
- Projects not meeting division requirements will be lowered one ribbon grade.
- All crafts must have a 4-H Craft Information Card attached to the project.
- If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can be properly displayed.
- For safety purposes, any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or a look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.
Attach a completed 4-H Craft Information Card to your project.
- Observe how clay feels in your hand and how it can be shaped.
- Learn how to condition and care for clay while working on an article (to keep it moist and pliable).
- Practice shaping clay by pinch, coil and strip methods for hand-building clay.
- Practice applying simple glaze.
Exhibit: Exhibit a hand formed abstract article from moist clay to which a simple glaze has been applied. No more than 3 colors may be used.
- Make and use simple clay or plaster hump molds for shaping clay.
- Expand experimentation with simple glazes.
Exhibit: Exhibit one article or set of articles made from moist clay and finished with simple glaze.
- Choose and develop skills in one or more advanced techniques in shaping and decorating.
Examples of techniques in shaping -
- Make and casting in multiple piece molds
- Clay sculpture
- Using potter's wheel
- Hand forming with template
Examples of techniques in decorating -
Exhibit: Exhibit one article or set of articles which best represents what you have learned.