Magazine article Arts & Activities

You Can Handle It!

Magazine article Arts & Activities

You Can Handle It!

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Add more handle techniques to your repertoire! This tip provides two possibilities and techniques for you and your students to try.

There are many ways to make handles for cups, teapots, jars and other clay vessels. And, there are many tools to help create successful, functional and good-looking handles.

Of course, a plain coil handle can be made very simply, and a pulled handle can be made with lots of practice. These are both excellent ways to make handles.

The techniques shown here work best with moist clay (out of the bag, instead of scraps from slabs, etc.). A good way to tell if your clay is moist enough is to roll a coil the size of your finger and then wrap that coil around your finger. If this coil gets cracks, it is not as moist as we are recommending to use for handles.

Be sure to allow handles to dry slowly. To do this, lay plastic bags (garbage bags, dry-cleaning bags, plastic shopping bags, etc.) over the clay with handle attached for 24 hours or so. …

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