Mug handles, Thanksgiving weekend

Back to the studio after a successful sale weekend and then a small business weekend.  Sue continues to get orders for mugs.  So today she is making ‘da mugs’, here is how she ‘pulls’ a handle off of the mug.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

After throwing the mug on the wheel and letting it dry to ‘leather’ she’ll lightly round off the bottom edge by rolling it several times on edge.  Then she applies wet slip to the location of where the thicker edge of the handle will be attached.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

The she scores the area and prepares one of her pre-made handle lumps.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Sue pushes the handle lump into the scored area of the mug and then with her thumb goes around the attachment part securing the two areas of clay.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

She continues to work the attachment, smoothing with her thumbs and then with a sponge.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Now with the handle lump of clay is attached securely to the mug, with a wet hand Sue pulls the clay handle lump downward, continually tapering and forming the handle, with each pulling.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

When she has pulled a long enough piece for a handle she bends the clay into a pleasant handle form, secure and comfortable for someone’s hand.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

Sue presses the handle into the mug and then squeezes off the excess.

Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY Putting a pulled handle on a stoneware mug, Sue Burdick Young, Young's Studio & Gallery, Jay NY

With her thumb and sponge she smooths the process and a mug is ready for drying.

We had a full house for Thanksgiving.  Emily, Adam and Adam’s Mom, Karen, came up for Thanksgiving.  CJ had her friend Ben from Brooklyn join us for the weekend too.

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Of course our grandson Zane was there, now two months old.  It was three weeks since we saw him last and really noticed the differences.
11_29_15_thanksgivingOur Thanksgiving table was full of everyone’s favorites.  We are very thankful.

I made it a workout day for me, first the treadmill and then weights.  Then a walk around my favorite little lake.
11_29_15_lakeA light sheet of ice was on the lake, melting quickly though.  It has been cold at night and warmer during the days.  Thanksgiving was in the 50’s.
11_29_15_squirrelI came across a happy squirrel, we had a conversation and I went on my way.