Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

HAND POLE

ca: BARRA – Suport per la mà

es: BARRA - Soporte para la mano

A hand pole is a long, round, thin and strong bar that can be made of wood, plastic or metal. Mop handles are good, because some are extendable. In ceramics they are used for steadying your hand while painting in a sitting or standing position and must be long enough to paint the highest line of tiles you can reach while standing.

In ceramics they are used for steadying your hand while painting, sitting or standing and must be long enough to paint the highest line of tiles you can reach while standing.
Hold it in your left hand if painting plates and rest it against the edge of the table. When working with tiles the bar supports them or if necessary put the small finger of on a clean part of a tile. With your right hand, hold the pole with your small finger and the paintbrush with your thumb and first finger. Depending on where you want to paint, you can now move your right hand up and down and slant the pole from left or right or move it.

A Mop handle is used as a hand pole when painting. It is good as you can alter its length and it is not heavy. Put a clip to hold it onto the wall or the table near to where you are working. If it is a table it should be put on the left, so it does not interrupt the movements of your hand between whatever you are decorating and the trolley-table where you keep everything you need. The photos show it in relation to the table, the mop handle extends and retracts so you can compare the different lengths and you can see the clip to keep it when not being used.
Read more about: Majolica: 5a -Preparing to paint tiles, plates, jars and lids. / Majolica: 5b – Tiles preparing to paint.