MAKING HANDLES

This is how I make handles for jugs and cups. The clay is extruded through specially made dies and cut and bent into shape. Then the handles are left for a few hours to harden off, and then adjusted, trimmed and applied. You can see that the end is cut with a curved blade (made from a thin sheet of brass, with the edge sharpened up with a file) – this is done so that the edge of the handles is curved to the shape of the jug.

I make the handles with ridges on the surface to show up different thicknesses of glaze and to create a lively surface; they also echo the throwing marks on the pot.

Photos of me making by Layton Thompson

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