by Ernest Thompson Seton
(Nampeyo, Famous Pueblo Indian Potter)
The Degree of Potter may be conferred on any one who takes ten of these tests:
1. Make bird's drinking fountain or basin, twelve or more inches across.
2. Make set of four bowls: decoration in Zuni style, Moqui style, Acoma and. San
3. Make jardiniere at least ten inches across.
4. Make bonging vase to hold pint or more of water, Japanese design.
5. Make set of six plain cooking dishes of clay dug and prepared by self.
6. Make rectangular shallow dish for holding Japanese miniature garden 10 x 6 x 2
inches. Must be glazed to prevent leakage.
7. Make, dry, and bake eight little plain bowls all the same or of various shapes, hard
enough to hold water, and without flaw that would prevent their being of practical use.
8. Make with coil process, dry and bake, four pots of Zuni shape with Zuni decorations,
each large enough to hold two quarts, and close enough to hold water, without flaw that
would prevent its practical use.
9. Make a potter's wheel and turn out eight pieces of pottery on the same. ( See
10. Make a potter's kiln and demonstrate it. (See Chambers's or American
11. Paint a set of eight china dishes using native American designs.
12. Paint a set of eight china dishes using any standard design.
13. Describe and fully distinguish six great types of Old World pottery.
14. Describe and fully distinguish four types of native American pottery.
15. Tell how the ancient and prehistoric pottery of America may be distinguished from
that made to-day.
16. Make a set of candlesticks and firebowl for Four Fires.
17. Describe the principal varieties of native clays and tell what colors they bake;
describe the Zuni method of firing.
For "How To" Information, See: The
Birch Bark Roll