Lugs, ears, mimi, what have you, have been used to accentuate and decorate pots for almost as long as pots have been made. If you think back to the fantastical and functional lugs of Jomon vessels, the concept has certainly been a part of Japanese pottery from a long while. Lugs on woodfired pots, in particular, help define, unify and accentuate the forms as well as acting to trap ash or create pathways for the ash and flame. For the pots of the various distorted, weathered and rustic pots of Iga, Bizen and Shigaraki the attachments need to compliment the form in attitude, posture and strength which is a bit easier said than done. Like a mediocre foot on a fine chawan, lugs can easily ruin a strong and well fired form; Kermit the frog style arms on a solid, purposeful form comes off as timid and almost feeble, yet this is far more common that one would think. The ultimate goal of such attached clay is to create a complementary anthropomorphic form without appearing superfluous or contrary to the pot.