Pottery Video of the Week: The Puffy Handle – Sandi Pierantozzi Demonstrates a Great Alternative to a Pulled Handle

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Pulled handles are lovely, but they are not the only option for creating great handles on your pottery. With a little imagination and skill, you can make successful handles in a multitude of ways. 

 

Our good friend Sandi Pierantozzi, who is not lacking in the imagination or the skills department, returns today with a great idea for an alternative to the pulled handle. In this clip, Sandi shares the technique for making her “puffy” handles. Enjoy! – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.

 

 

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Comments
  • Linda B.

    Novices may wish to know that they should somehow allow the air to escape a hollow form like this.

  • Jackie W.

    That’s exactly what my question was. How do you let the air escape from the handle? If you make holes won’t it be difficult to keep the inside clean? Is there a way to do it that someone could explain? Thanks in advance!
    Sandi your handles are beautiful!
    Jackie Wendenburg

  • Maria C.

    Disappointing no sound.. and was expecting something more exciting and poss to what forms she applied handle.

  • Laura B.

    Awesome apron! Liked the handle, too. It is my meager understanding that air is not a problem in pottery – moisture is the cause of pots sometimes exploding in the kiln. At least that is what I was told.

  • Janet W.

    I often do rolled hollow rims on my thrown pots. I’ve found that a tiny hole made with a needle tool in an unobtrusive place is enough to vent hollow forms during bisque firing. I have to be sure to push all the way into the center of the void, however. After the piece is bisqued, I glaze over the hole. (It’s not necessary to vent during glaze-firing, as the moisture has already been fired out of the clay during the bisque process.)

  • Alek S.

    sorry it should read not the air. do people still think you wedge clay to remove air, so the piece will not blow up during firing?

  • Allison M.

    Great video! I think she may have forgotten to mention that you should poke a tiny hole with a needle tool somewhere to allow the steam to escape while it’s drying. My experience has been that glazed over tiny holes do not crack but I have had hollowed out sprews start to crack off a surface in the bisque if I forget to poke a hole. So I would just to be on the safe side poke a tiny hole.

  • Hi,I heard Sandi mention corn starch what is this used for in pottery making. Excuse my ignorance but I’m quite new to pottery…Eric

  • Powen L.

    Hi Eric Earnshaw, corn starch can prevent clay from sticking on non-porous surface.

  • Katie A.

    Another newbie question… I thought you had to have a hole that glaze wouldn’t fill in when doing a hollow shape… IE on the final fire, otherwise kaboom?????

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