"Because the platter form is so large, it will be a focal point on the table. In order to integrate all of the parts, the character of the pot needs to be addressed early on, and followed through in the finishing details. Handles can serve both a functional and visual purpose on very large platters. Of course, they make it easier to carry, but they also provide an area where you can exercise your design sense. As shown here, thrown handles echo the construction of the platter, and can visually continue a line started in the rim."