Basic Hand Building Patterns: Mugs & Bowls

A pottery template is useful in hand building when you want to make several items the same size and/or shape. The files below are pre-built templates that are free for use. Download the zip file and extract. Print the PDF file(s) on a normal printer at 100% (or actual size) and cut out the paper templates. See assembly instructions for larger template sizes that cross multiple pages.

Mug Pattern One

I got the idea for this template from an article that I saw in Pottery Making Illustrated called “Get A Handle on It”. Marion Angelica has an image half way down the page of some mugs that I liked. The result was this pattern. In the PDF file, there is a pattern that fits a four-inch mailing tube and one that fits a five-inch mailing tube. Both templates will need to be assembled.
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Mug Pattern Eight

I've been working on Mug Pattern One a bit, fine tuning it. The mug handle is narrower. The second image does not include a handle so that you can roll up a handle like Marion did.
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Mug Pattern Two

The basic 10.5x5 inch rectangle and the 12x4 inch rectangle mug patterns. This is a great template to download if you are unsure of how to assemble. The 12x4 crosses two pages, but it is very apparent where to overlap to get the correct dimensions.
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Bowl Pattern Three

These patterns are for large bowls. I personally don’t work this big, so I have not used these templates. One is 18x6.5 inches, another is 18x8 inches. There is one that is 18x9.6 inches and another that is 18x8.6. All these templates cross three pages each. There are two PDF files with a total of twelve pages.
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Bowl Template Four

This set of templates is comprised of four bowl templates. One is 16x6, the second is 16x7, the third is 16x7.5 and the last is 16x8.5. All templates cross three pages. Two PDF files with a total of twelve printed pages.
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Bowl Template Five

Another bowl template set. There are four in on PDF file and the templates cross only two pages. The sizes are 14x5.3, 14x6, 14x6.7 and 14x7.5. Eight total pages to print.
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Bowl Pattern Six

Twelve-inch patterns, some of which work for mugs. All cross two pages. Sizes are: 12x5, 12x5.5, 12x5.7, 12x6. Eight pages in one PDF file.
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Mug & Bowl Template Seven

All these templates fit on single pages and work well for bowls and mugs. The sizes are 10x3.5, 10x4, 9x4, 10x5 and 7x3. Five pages in a single PDF file.
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