Jeff Lawrence on sun 5 dec 99
Celia was describing her mug-gripping technique
> I slip the first three fingers in the handle as if I were gripping a
>regular cup, thumb around and pinky sticking out below. Keeps my hand warmer
>and supports the weight better.
The handles on hand-built Mesa Verde mugs and pitchers are always
asymmetrical and seem fit the hand in Celia's technique better than
vertically aligned handles.
I liked the idea enough to put asymmetrical handles on some thrown cups,
but they were poorly received. Everyone just tactfully ignored my obvious
inability to make straight handles.
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Cindy Strnad on sun 5 dec 99
You didn't make the handles crooked *enough*. Had you made them so crooked
that it *couldn't* have been a mistake, you'd have been embraced as
'cutting-edge', 'avant garde', and so on. Of course, they wouldn't have been
comfortable to hold, but who cares? That makes them more 'artsy'.
Earthen Vessels Pottery
Olivia T Cavy on mon 6 dec 99
One other thought on crooked handles .... since my husband and one child
are left handed, and I and the other child are right handed..... when you
put handles on at an angle, you make the mug either a left-handed or a
right-handed mug. When the handle is straight, it is equally convenient
(or inconvenient!) for everyone.
My own personal pet peeve is that so many mugs have handles that just
don't feel good when you use them. Yes, they need to be visually
attractive, but if we are creating functional ceramics, they need to
function well. This isn't Bauhaus thinking per se ("form follows
function"), just common sense.
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On Sun, 5 Dec 1999 16:11:15 EST Cindy Strnad writes:
> You didn't make the handles crooked *enough*. Had you made them so
> that it *couldn't* have been a mistake, you'd have been embraced as
> 'cutting-edge', 'avant garde', and so on. Of course, they wouldn't
> have been
> comfortable to hold, but who cares? That makes them more 'artsy'.
> Cindy Strnad
> Earthen Vessels Pottery
> Custer, SD
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