Robin Hopper demonstrates how he uses his thumb for a gauge for how big his mug handle should be.

Robin Hopper demonstrates how he uses his thumb for a gauge for how big his mug handle should be.

There are many design considerations to keep in mind when when making functional tableware. A lot of them may seem like minor details, but a comfortable handle, or a lip that is angled just right on a mug can separate the so-so from the super special. We all have our favorite mugs that we reach for ahead of all others in our cupboards, and if you stop to think about it, you’ll probably realize that it has to do with little details such as those mentioned above.

It is easy to overlook these things, but if you can train yourself to really think through your design choices, you’ll probably see your pots improve. In today’s video, an excerpt from his DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design, Robin Hopper discusses the importance of good design on handmade pottery and demonstrates throwing a cup and saucer with these considerations in mind. – Jennifer Harnetty, editor.



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This clip was excerpted from the DVD Form and Function: Ceramic Aesthetics and Design with Robin Hopper.

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