How to secure a bat on a clay pad
What did you do before bats were invented to put on the potters wheel? Then how did you secure the bat on the wheel head before someone discovered that 2 holes on the wheel head that can hold a nut and a bolt in which you can click a wheel bat with corresponding holes in it?
In this video I am showing you how to create a clay pad that you can use repetitively to secure a bat on.
There are a few things that will help with the success of throwing porcelain on the potter’s wheel. The clay must be soft enough for easy manipulation and well centered. Remember clay does not always need water when it feels hard; sometimes it is just thixotropic and needs to "wake up". The potter must feel comfortable behind the wheel, so make sure that everything works well and that you are relaxed.
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Antoinette Badenhorst is a ceramic artist working with porcelain clay. She teaches potters all over the world in hands-on and online workshops. Antoinette is the author of many articles, blogs posts and the author of "Working with Porcelain"