I came up with a schedule of working on 8 mugs every two days. One day to make and one day to finish. In the scope of other projects, this will be enough, I think. By the end of the summer I should have around 200 give or take. This will be a good supply for the upcoming holidays.
K wanted to see a process oriented post so I decided to do a post covering handle application and finishing a mug. Here we go:
Start with my handles and tools at the ready. When I first started making handles in 2001, I went from rolling coils and slapping them on and calling it a day. I then learned the subtle art of pulling handles, extruded handles, and now a hybrid of slab constructed handle with a “hand pulled” look. I have also, within the past 5 years or so started to get into handles that taper from thick to thin back to thick again. This “bone” handle intrigues me because movement in the handle is far more interesting than a handle that has uniform thickness/thinness. I will cover my handle making in more detail at a later date.
Figure out the location of your handle. Many times your mug will tell you. But first, its time to clean up the bottom of the mug.
Mug is leather-hard. Use your thumb to smooth out the bottom and beveled edge. I NEVER USE A SPONGE!
Have a wet bamboo brush handy. Shake brush of excess water and then lightly go over your handle and edges. Re-freshen your handle.
Good Job. As John Britt says: “Make about 300 of those and we’ll see you next time.”