BEATER - Textures in clay.
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.