This is a lesser known technique for attaching a handle to a mug.
I did this only once and it was only after I attached the top part of the handle I realized it was too thick for the mug. Aesthetically it simply didn’t work. Since I didn’t want to completely remove the handle, I cut about half of the clay ‘rope’ off and then pulled the handle as shown in this video. I figured it was a good save, and now I run across this technique and am amazed at all the different ways potters have of doing the same thing!