I have been putting off making mugs because I have struggled so with making handles.
It has been FIVE years since I made a mug.
Well, I wanted to start making them again but wanted to learn whether or not there was a tool available for making handles verses pulling them by hand from a lump of clay.
I googled: ‘Tool used for making handles for mugs’ and learned that there is a tool for that!
So, I bought it!
I bought the Kemper HM2 Mug Handle Maker but it was too small.
Personally, I like a big handle on my mug . . . bigger than what the HM2 would make so I bought the Kemper HM1 Pitcher Handle Maker and I’m much happier with that size handle.
Another mug saver is a damp box which I read about here.
“Anyone who has worked with clay knows there is a lot of process involved. Certain things need to be done at certain times. But what do you do if your time and the clay’s time aren’t in sync? ”
~Meagan Chaney Gumpert
Timing is everything when adding handles to mugs.
Both mug and handle have to be at the right dampness.
Not too wet. Not too dry.
Once the mug and handles are attached to each other, they must dry slowly otherwise, cracks happen. 😦
Thanks to the inter-web’s search engines, I was able to find a tool for that!