Stoneware Pottery Mugs and the Handles They Hold

vegas red, everybody's favorite blue, dolomite & iron

Glazes: vegas red, everybody's favorite blue, dolomite & iron

John pulls each handle on his mugs.  I like watching him take a log of clay and pull handles, one after the other, while he listens to NPR.

There was a time, early in his career, when a very good friend and customer told John that his mugs were great, but his handles weren’t so good.  John listened to that comment and then spent the next week pulling handles and sticking them to the ware boards.  After doing that, and practicing attaching them, he felt he was getting a handle on it.  That’s my only pun of the month, promise.

In any case, people remark on how good his mugs and handles feel.  I like watching someone cradle a mug or bowl or vase after they decide to buy it.  Sometimes they are reluctant to let me wrap it for them, and I have had people hover while I do so.  Pottery is very personal, and people prove that daily.

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