bats for your pottery wheel available for sale at The Ceramic Shop

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Pottery wheel bats are flat discs that attach to a pottery wheel head and are extremely useful tools in a ceramics studio. Pottery wheel bats are available in a variety of sizes and shapes and are made from different materials, including plastic, wood, and plaster. Pottery bats are typically fabricated with two holes that fit snugly onto a pair of bat pins that are inserted into the potter’s wheel head. Older pottery wheel heads may not have holes for bat pins; however, these can be easily added with a drill. Once the bat is attached to the wheel head, the potter can work directly on the the bat, which is then lifted off the wheel head with the thrown pot and without disrupting his or her work.

 

Pottery wheel bat are beneficial in multiple ways and are used by many potters. Because the bat (along with the pot that is thrown on it) can be easily removed from the potter’s wheel head, there is no need to directly handle the pot, so the shape and form is not disrupted. This is a great feature when you are making larger, difficult-to-handle forms that you’d rather not touch when it comes time to remove them from your wheel head! Working on a bat also eliminates potential reactions between the certain clay bodies and the potter’s wheel head -- if you are a fan of deep, dark clays, you may find that throwing them directly on to your wheel head without a bat may result in accelerated rusting. Pottery wheel bats can not only help to protect your work, then -- in this way, they also elp to protect your valuable equipment.

 

There are many different versions of pottery bats, and all types have both benefits and downfalls. Plastic bats are ideal because because they are resistant to water damage, and therefore tend to last a long time. Plastic bats are also relatively inexpensive. The downside of plastic bats is that they do not release from clay very readily, so even if the bottom of the pot has been cut with a wire, it may still be difficult to remove the pot from the bat. Speedball’s colorful line of plastic bats come shaped in both circles and squares. While circular bats are the traditional version of pottery wheel bats, square bats are beneficial in that they take up less space on your ware shelf. Amaco’s Plasti-bat is another popular version of the plastic bat, and is also available in a variety of sizes.

 

Pottery wheel bats made of medex or masonite are also inexpensive bats that are used by many potters. Because these materials are susceptible to water damage, however, the lifespan of these bats is typically less than that of plastic bats. The benefit of using wood or masonite bats is that they release from clay more readily than plastic, as wood and masonite have absorptive properties. This makes removal of the thrown pot from the bat fairly easy.

 

Please browse through our products to see which size, shape and material bat is right for you!

 

Bat Gripper 12"
Item #: BBGRIP12
Bailey
Bat Gripper 12"

$9.50

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Bat Gripper 14"
Item #: BBGRIP14
Bailey
Bat Gripper 14"

$11.80

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Bat Pins Set of 2
Item #: BATPINS
Hydro-Bat
Bat Pins Set of 2

$4.00

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Bat, Masonite, Hardboard 12"
Item #: NEHM12
Bat, Masonite, Hardboard 12"

$5.25
$4.75
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New
Round Bat System
Item #: DGROUNDKIT
Dirty Girl
Round Bat System

$60.00
$55.00
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Round Bat System Inserts
Item #: DGRNDSET12
Dirty Girl
Round Bat System Inserts

$34.00
$31.00
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New
Square Bat System
Item #: DGSQUAREKIT
Dirty Girl
Square Bat System

$60.00
$56.00
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Square Bat System Inserts
Item #: DGSQSET12
Dirty Girl
Square Bat System Inserts

$34.00
$31.00
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New
Bat, Medex, 12"
Item #: NEHMED12
Bat, Medex, 12"

$6.75
$6.25
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Bat, Medex, 14"
Item #: NEHMED14
Bat, Medex, 14"

$10.50
$9.50
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Bat, Medex, 16"
Item #: NEHMED16
Bat, Medex, 16"

$12.00
$9.95
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Bat, Medex, 18"
Item #: NEHMED18
Bat, Medex, 18"

$13.50
$12.50
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Bat, Medex, 22"
Item #: NEHMED22
Bat, Medex, 22"

$18.00
$16.50
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Plasti-Bat 10"
Item #: ABAT10
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 10"

$12.70
$10.80
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Plasti-Bat 12"
Item #: ABAT12
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 12"

$16.50
$14.00
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Plasti-Bat 14"
Item #: ABAT14
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 14"

$21.00
$17.85
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Plasti-Bat 16"
Item #: ABAT16
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 16"

$32.00
$27.20
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Plasti-Bat 18"
Item #: ABAT18
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 18"

$42.00
$35.70
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Plasti-Bat 20"
Item #: ABAT20
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 20"

$50.00
$42.50
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Plasti-Bat 8"
Item #: ABAT8
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 8"

$10.50
$8.93
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Plasti-Bat 9" Square
Item #: ABAT9S
Amaco
Plasti-Bat 9" Square

$10.50
$8.93
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Plastic Bat, 16"
Item #: PBAT16
Plastic Bat, 16"

$26.00
$23.45
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Plastic Bat, 18"
Item #: PBAT18
Plastic Bat, 18"

$30.00
$27.00
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Plastic Bat, 22"
Item #: PBAT22
Plastic Bat, 22"

$40.00
$26.00
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Plastic Bat, Speedball 12"
Item #: SBBAT12
Speedball
Plastic Bat, Speedball

$7.79
$6.62
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Versa Bat 6", Medex
Item #: VB6M
Great Lakes Clays
Versa Bat 6", Medex

$3.00

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Versa Bat 8", Medex
Item #: VB8M
Great Lakes Clays
Versa Bat 8", Medex

$3.25

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Versa Bat System, w/ Medex
Item #: VBSM
Great Lakes Clays
Versa Bat System, w/ Medex

$79.95
$74.35
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Versa Bat, Plastic Base
Item #: VBB
Great Lakes Clays
Versa Bat, Plastic Base

$69.00
$64.50
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