What will those drying mugs become? When a potter makes a pot we have to account for shrinkage… just think of buying a pair of jeans… you try them on at the store, and after one washing they’re tight on you. Well, when I’m making any pot, especially a mug, I have to think about the way it fits after it goes through the firing - yes, I did say fit. Your favorite jeans are for the most part all about comfort, well that favorite mug you reach for more than any other, has a lot to do with comfort – the way it fits in your hand. So if I am aiming to make a handle that fits four fingers, I have to make it a bit larger than my four fingers fit into.
Below is a photo of mugs drying and a finished one. You can see the drying mugs are quite a bit larger.