I started these pitchers on this blog post . Today I got around to shooting video of how I decorate and put handles on them.
This first video illustrates what I went into great detail describing with this post .
The finished pitcher will looks something like this:
In this second video I will illustrate how I create pitchers that look like this:
It would have helped if I had reset my camera/tripod to give a different angle, but I think you can tell what I'm doing. I'm simply taking thick slip that is liquid enough to flow, starting a drip at the top and letting gravity do its thing.
Finally, here's a video illustrating my three-lobed, tapered handles. I really never pulled handles off of the pot directly because for the past thirty years I've had a great number of my pieces completely slip-covered at the time they needed handles. Since I couldn't possibly handle the pot without ruining the decoration, I took to pulling the handles seperately and attaching them later.
A few things I try to accomplish with a handle:
1. Scale. I try to find a pleasing arc and size that both fits the pitcher shape, and will end up being easy to handle when the finished pitcher is in use.
2. Taper. Untapered handles appear too static to my eye. I like taper because it animates the piece.
3. Spring. I try, when attaching, to never touch any part of the handle but the two points of attachment. Sometimes a sag has to be nudged upward, but for the most part, an untouched handle will create a FAR more animated look.
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