I treated myself to some throwing time. First, the bodies of a few jugs. Then I wanted some plates, which I throw on batts because I’m not clever enough to get them off the wheelhead otherwise. The trouble is, I’m not very clever at throwing on a batt either. Posh wheels have screws or nubbins with specially made batts which can be attached to them. I have to do it the old-fashioned way, which for a kack-handed amateur is fraught with hazard and bad language at every stage.
First throw a disc of clay on the wheelhead, as flat as possible, then make channels which I hope will act as suction cups to hold the batt on.
Position the batt and centre it. Wallop judiciously in such a way that it stays centred, is well stuck on, and is perfectly horizontal. Ha!
Centre the clay without pushing the batt out of alignment. Then throw a nice flat plate. Pass the wire below and try not to cut the bottom out of it.
Cut batt from wheelhead with plate still on it. Air dry, and run the wire below the plate again soon before it sticks itself down forever.
Then I lipped the jugs.