How to Pull a Super-Sized Handle for Larger Pottery Forms


There have been many times in my pottery-making days when I have wished I had an extra hand (or two!). One of those times is when I have been trying to create a nice pulled handle for a larger piece, but traditional handle pulling was too cumbersome. Sure, I could handbuild a handle, but sometimes you just want that pulled look.

In today’s post, an excerpt from her new video Altering Surface and Form in Freshly Thrown Pots, Gay Smith shares how she solved this very problem. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.


A Great Trick for Pulling Handles for Large Pieces

This clip was excerpted from Altering Surface and Form in Freshly Thrown Pots, which is available in the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

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  • juanita s.

    I “invented”( or so I thought) this handle technique to correct my tendency to make one side of my mug handles fatter than the other using the traditional one handed pulling method. Freeing up both hands allows me to make consistent symmetrical cross sections.
    I use my pugger handle that sticks out 90 degrees, stick the clay on it, and start pulling. I sit on a stool, spread a plastic drop sheet under the pulling area & bucket. This saves a big mess to clean up afterwards!

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