One of the nice things about trimming soft is you leave lots of nice art on the surface. I also pick up bits of the trimming and add it to the surface. Hey Dennis a kind of handle of sorts. More of a lug than a handle but still a point of interest. I love clay to look like clay not machined to death with a trimming tool. This is what trimming hard clay does. It is more like turning wood than this wonderful soft plastic material we have chosen to work with. Ok, so these pots are not for everyone! That's OK I don't have that many pots left in these hands. Can ya tell I liked making them?