The Pure & Simple Bat Mold System
Plaster bats offer a definite advantage over other bats, they absorb moisture from the base of the clay form. Pots dry evenly and release easily, with no need for wire cutting. The Pure & Simple Bat Mold System allows you to make your own plaster bats simply and economically, for about a dollar a bat! Our “Quick-Release” wheelhead attachment will quickly and easily center and secure your bat perfectly every time.
Simply mix plaster and water together according to our formula. Pour the plaster into the mold, and then seat the “Quick-Release” into the back of the mold, making the concave triangular impression in the back of the bat. The bat then simply drops over the matching disk with the raised triangular shape which is mounted on the wheelhead, and the bat is locked on. This tongue & groove locking system achieves a superior bat.
Domed Bats allow you to throw lids and plates, complete, at one sitting! You actually throw them upside down on the domed bat. You can form the foot or the knob at the same time. Trimming is eliminated, cutting your work in half! This system is faster. It’s easier. And it assures you a more uniform product.
Finally, you have a cost effective and hassle free way to create dinnerware.
Back in 1978, when I was 24 years old, I worked for a production potter. I was paid by the piece, so it was very important for me to increase my productivity. But I got frustrated with the difficulty of making uniform plates, and figured there ought to be a more consistent and profitable approach.
I began to look at how other potters worked, and other fields, and found no suitable answers. The production tools I could find were geared toward industry, not toward studio potters like me.
So I began to develop my bat molds. I liked the idea of throwing on a domed bat. It assures a consistent wall thickness and it allowed me to eliminate trimming.
By combining the dome approach to making plates and lids with my unique tongue-in-groove wheelhead attachment, I had an efficient, streamlined system.
The “Quick-Release” feature allowed me to automatically center and secure the bat to the wheelhead while at the same time utilizing the time-saving strategy of the domes.