Well, at least putting handles on the Christmas mugs! I have continued to make more sets of my nativity mugs. I am excited to get them fired and glazed soon!
I have been asked several times, “How you do make a handle like that?” I am going to show you through pictures today. If you are like me, images explain better than words sometimes. I realize I haven’t been “in” my own blog in a while, so I asked my husband, Andrew, to take some pictures of the handles being attached. The process is pretty simple but a bit tedious. I like a clean look, so I generally try to take my time and not rush this step. I will say after attaching handles to several hundred pieces, you do build an efficiency and a quickness about it!
Hopefully this shows the process well! In the last picture I am using a potter’s knife to clear and smooth away any rough surfaces from scoring the clay. This is an important final step. It saves me from having to sand the piece later when it dries and also allows for the glaze to remain smooth over that surface when it is firing.
When the handle is attached I take a final look at the circular rim to make sure it wasn’t warped when the handle was attached. I then give the handle a final “pinch” near the top to keep it from any separation while it dries. This evening, FedEx should be delivering the new control board to my kiln! This should do it and get me back on track for my firings!