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ceramic board for bats and surfaces

updated thu 4 may 00


Antoinette Badenhorst on mon 1 may 00

Hi you all! Did any one of you ever wished for the work for an exhibit to be
over and out on their pedestals? Today that is me. Feels like an exam that
must just get over.
Anyway, I thought to share the following with you.
While still in the process in putting up a studio as well, I discovered that
ceramic board, that is used to fix tiles on in house environments, makes
wonderful bats that do not warp. It also makes good working surfaces for too
wet clay. Since it absorbs a lot of moist it might not be suitable for all
purposes, but I even found that it dries out flat slabs evenly. What I like
best of it is that it dries the bottom of big pots more quickly and helps to
keep the pots to a more even moist throughout. I guess that it is something
between a regular and a plaster bat.
I cut it with a jigsaw with a Masonic blade. I use the thin one for bats
(about 5 mm thick)
As far as I know it is safe to use, since it is a normal building material
available at hardware stores. Just use a mask to cut.
Antoinette. (just in the mood to talk to you again)

Antoinette Badenhorst
PO Box 552

ferenc jakab on wed 3 may 00

----- Original Message -----
From: "Antoinette Badenhorst"
Sent: Tuesday, 2 May 2000 4:27 am
Subject: Ceramic board for bats and surfaces

The cement fibre board you are talking about is one I have recommended to
people for a wedging surface for a long time. It is made of cellulose and
cement. This same board about twenty years ago was made with asbestos and
was called fibro-asbestos here in Australia. It is quite safe now as long as
you take normal precautions not to breath the dust when cutting. If you wet
the board it is quite easy to cut with a Stanley knife but can distort when