In today’s video, Sheila Clennell demonstrates this simple decorative “top knot” handle, a nice embellishment for a lidded form.
Adding binding cane and reed handles to pottery is a great way to spice things up if you’re getting bored with your usual pulled or handbuilt clay handles. In today’s pottery video, Sheila Clennell gives us a primer on working with cane and reed and demonstrates how to make a simple decorative embellishment out of cane on the handle on a lidded form. It is a great introductory project to try if you are new to working with this material. In addition to the video, below I have included an explanation of how you can add color to your cane handles through a simple dyeing process. – Jennifer Poellot Harnetty, editor.
To add color to your cane or reed handles, a variety of dyes can be used including commercial basket making dyes (as shown in photo), fabric dyes, and even natural materials like walnut shells, onion skins, marigolds and tea. Basket making and fabric dyes can easily be found at craft stores.
**First published in 2009.