- State Fair Qualifiers: 2 Needlecrafts, 2 Fine Arts Crafts, 2 Model Making Crafts, 6 Any Other Crafts per county in any division
- All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
- Crafts will be judged by Grades at the County Level; there are no Grade distinctions at the State Level.
- A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from those in each Grade in each craft who have earned an honor ribbon if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to be deserving.
- State Fair entries will be determined by the judges.
- Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (i.e. 1 exhibit in freelance and 1 exhibit in models).
- All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger. 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.
- A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins, etc.
- 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.
Beginner: Grades 3-4
- 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 a hand formed abstract article from moist clay to which a simple glaze has been applied. No more than 3 colors may be used.
Intermediate: Grades 5-7
- Make and use simple clay or plaster hump molds for shaping clay.
- Expand experimentation with simple glazes.
- Exhibit one article or set of articles made from moist clay and finished with simple glaze(s).
Advanced: Grades 8-12
- Choose and develop skills in one or more advanced techiniques in shaping and decorating, such as:
- Shaping Techniques: making and casting in multiple piece molds; clay sculpture using a potter’s wheel; hand forming with template
- Decorating Techniques: underglaze; overglaze; carving; graffito
- Exhibit article or set of articles should be an example of what you have learned.