Pottery Video of the Week: How to Make Three Cool Handbuilt Handles with Coils and Slabs

Handles can be the bane of a potter’s existence – at least they are for me a lot of the time (including yesterday). So I am always happy when I learn new ways of approaching them.

Today, in an excerpt from Gail Kendall’s DVD From Plate to Tureen: Slab and Coil Building, Gail shows us three great handle techniques (including the handles on the tureen shown here). This DVD was so fun to watch because Gail has such a good sense of what her material can and cannot do. She definitely has me inspired to try her slab/coil techniques – and this clip in particular has cured my “handle block.” – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

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This clip was excerpted from
From Plate to Tureen: Slab and Coil Building with Gail Kendall, which is available the Ceramic Arts Daily Shop!

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  • Mary R.

    How interesting these handles are on your tureen! I can’t wait to try this myself. Thanks for sharing.

  • Marian N.

    wonderful, interesting handles from such simple techniques!

  • Virginia C.


  • Penny D.

    I would really love to know how and what glazes you used on your soup tureen. Can you divulge this info?? Love the handle ideas too!

  • nicole s.

    Such talented hands! Thank you!

  • Joan L.

    Just finished watching Gail’s DVD, From Plate to Tureen: Slab and Coil Building. It was excellent and I wanted to recommend this DVD to any hand builders. Gail has a wonderful way of presenting her methods and ideas.
    Thank you, Joan Lloyd.

  • Karlina D.

    i vostri filmati si possono avere in italiano?GRAZIE

  • Do you put a small hole into the “croissant” handles because they are hollow? Or otherwise let air in to avoid explosions?

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