Making of a mug: Day two

Part one


Part two
The mug, along with some others, are now wrapped up tight so that they stay damp until tomorrow. Next I’ll make some handles…


Part three
I use a clay gun to extrude the initial pieces for making my handles. I’ve tried many different approaches and I find this works best for me. It helps both in terms of time and also means I have a consistent starting point from which to pull the finished shape…


Part four
Next I take each piece of extruded clay and pull the handle to the required shape and thickness. It is imperative that you keep your hands wet as it is very easy to tear the clay strap. I am aiming for a handle that matches the thickness of the rim of the mug, so that it looks in keeping with the rest of the form. I also ensure that the top stays thicker as this will give a good stub to use for attaching the top of the handle…


Part five
The handles are now laid out on a board to firm up. They need to be similar in dryness to the mug, but still flexible enough to bend into shape without cracking. Once they are dry enough I will wrap them up to stay damp until tomorrow.


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