Alright, so once upon I time in my ceramic education at Utah State University, someone told me that you always make the same handle for every mug. I’ve been trying to prove that theory false with the evolution of my mug handles. I have different methods of handle making, and I’ve been pulling thinker rounded handles. I’ve always attached my handles after they’ve been pulled, but I have recently changed the way I pull handles. I am making them thicker and shorter, and a little rounder in cross section. I’ve been trying to aim for that perfect balance between attachment thicknesses where the middle of the handle is slightly thinner than both attaching ends, but I like to keep the top attachment thicker than the bottom one.
This is my latest design idea for my thick one-finger handled mugs. I like the visual texture of these random shapes, floating in random patterns branching from a thicker accumulation of the shapes. It evolved from my “amoeba” design that I was using before. Once fired, these will have a glossy to satin thick glaze running along the waxed line above the shapes. I’m really excited about the design 🙂
Here’s a teapot with the amoeba design on it. If you like what you see, it’s listed in my Etsy shop, along with a bunch of other equally colorful fun pots. The gift giving season is coming up, and handmade pottery is always a nice cozy surprise. Support individual artists! 😉