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Pottery On the Wheel E-Magazine Dec. Issue #7
December 30, 2012

Welcome to the 7th edition of Pottery on the Wheel Magazine Online. This issue features:

- How to pull and handle for your mug.

- Recap of the Year 2012 at

Handle Pulling Tips

Last month I shared a list of mug drying tips to prevent cracking of your handles.

This month we'll explore how to hand pull a handle.

Pulling handles is kind of tricky to get the hang of, but once you do, you'll be so excited about how great and professional your mugs start to look.

Before you get started make sure you have a large bucket with lots of water and a big towel to contain messes.

First, start with a good smooth piece of soft clay. Be sure to use the same clay for the handle and the body of the mug. Cut off a piece the size of a grapefruit and shape it into a wide cone.

Next, hold the clay cone in one hand with the pointed end down. Wet your other hand and begin gently pulling and gliding your fingers down the cone. Keep wetting your hand every two to four pulls. Use medium pressure at the top moving to lighter pressure toward the bottom where the handle is thinner.

You'll notice that the handle takes on an uneven shape due to the shape of your fingers around the clay. To even it out, rotate the handle do a few pulls from the other side. Also, to give the handle more style, run your thumb down the middle to create a little indent in the handle.

Next, dry it and attach it. For the full tutorial visit:

How to Pull a Handle Start to Finish


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