Ceramic - Pottery Dictionary

by Susan Mussi

BEATER - Textures in clay.

ca: MAÇA - Per texturar l’argila.

es: MAZA - Para texturar la arcilla.

Beaters and bats are different objects used to indent textures into a soft clay surface. The result is similar to impressed decoration but less planned, more spontaneous. It can be done with string, a butter pat, a meat hammer, in fact anything with rough surfaces, onto a prepared clay object or onto a separate piece of clay, which is then luted and attached to another piece. When glazed, the textures reflect the light and this accentuates the uneven surface.