The Best Pottery Tools of 2023
Updated on: June 16, 2023
Whether you’re a seasoned artist or a passionate beginner, having the best pottery tools is crucial for creative ceramic success. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to the best pottery tools on the market, curated for selective potters.
From innovative designs to superior craftsmanship, join us as we explore the tools that will elevate your pottery game in 2023!
If you're looking for the right pottery tool to help you create clean, beautiful accents for your ceramics projects, our R1 Trapezoid Handheld Clay Extruder is a must-have! You'll be able to create feet for slab-built platters, dishes, or plates, as well as handles for mugs, pitchers, and other vessels in three easy steps! Just slice the clay, cut it to length, and attach it to your piece!
Check out the R1 Trapezoid Handheld Clay Extruder demo below!
This teardrop fluting pottery tool with a 6-mm diameter stainless-steel blade with a "U" shaped tip creates shallow yet wide flute grooves. It’s perfect for creating smooth grooves with clean, rounded edges, resulting in a really interesting pottery sculpting design you’ll love.
See the P4 Teardrop Fluting Tool in action in the demo below!
The P8V Curved V Tip Palm Carver features our popular V-tip blade on a shorter (3.5-inch/88-mm) handle. This short handle is covered in foam for increased comfort during ceramic sculpting and offers increased maneuverability and quicker turning carving capabilities. The sharp, stainless-steel blade creates crisp V grooves and leaves little to no burs or debris during pottery sculpting!
Check it out in the demo below!
You’ll love this "U" Tip 6-mm Curved Clay Carver with a stainless-steel pottery sculpting blade. It has a unique ergonomic handle shape that is great for making thousands of repetitive strokes and reduces fatigue. By placing the thumb behind the pottery tool blade and fingers on the back end of the handle, you can carve away from yourself or grip the sides when pulling toward yourself.
Check out the K2 Curved U Tip 6 mm Clay Carver in the demo below!
The L3 Diamond Stylus Tool features diamond sgraffito tips on both ends — a small football-shaped tip on one end and a large football-shaped tip on the other. This unique pottery sculpting tool is perfect for freehand carving, sgraffito detailing on dry clay, and cleaning up bisque lines and grooves.
Take a look at the L3 Diamond Stylus Tool in the demo below!
All of these great pottery tools above are bundled together at a discounted price in out 4-Piece Exotic Clay Carving Tool Set.
This genius little ceramic sculpting tool helps you stabilize your piece and disperses downward pressure, which helps keep thin-walled pottery pieces from collapsing. The colored lines on the Trimming Spinner also make convenient division hash marks! It is the perfect pottery sculpting partner to our Sticky Bats and Sticky Pads too!
The handy Shrink Ruler from DiamondCore® Tools is one of our favorite specialty pottery sculpting items! It’s an innovative way to measure how much your clay will shrink. The two-sided, flexible ruler has four clay shrinkage percentages to aid in matching lids to bowls and other projects where an exact match is crucial. It’ll help make the perfect lids for casserole dishes, cookie jars, and other creations.
See how the Shrink Ruler is used in the demo below!
No more clogged sinks or plumbing issues! THE CINK is an innovative clay and water filtration solution for all ceramic artists. Easily rinse your ceramic tools, sponges, splash pans, buckets, and more without worrying about damaging your plumbing system. THE CINK doesn’t require a water source, and it’s portable, so it a great fit for any ceramics studio, classroom, or home set-up. It’s perfect for any ceramic artist who is sick of dealing with messy clean-up and clay-clogged pipes (which, let’s be honest, is pretty much all of us).
Learn how to use THE CINK in the demo below!
The T8 Wedge Clay Trimming Tool is the perfect pottery sculpting tool when flat and smooth trimming is needed. It provides a seamless transition from curves to corner cuts. With this tool, you can quickly shave off large, thin ribbons and then seamlessly transition to the rim at the bottom of the pot.
See the T8 Trimming Tool in action in the demo below!
The T5 Torch Pottery Trimming Tool is certain to be a great addition to any pottery sculpting toolset. The angled tip blade is perfect for adding small features and blending them seamlessly into your piece. You can easily transition from curved round to corner cuts! Plus, the beautiful talon-shaped handle tip provides a bonus sculpting tool!
See how to T5 Trimming Tool is used in the demo below!
Our new T7 Avocado Ceramics Trimming Tool is quickly becoming a favorite among our staff and customers! The avocado-shaped stainless-steel blade is perfect for rounding out bowls and other curvy pieces. You can seamlessly transition from curved areas to corner cuts. Plus, the flat round-shaped handle makes for a bonus sculpting tool.
Check out the T7 Avocado Trimming Tool in the demo below!
Find the Best Pottery Tool For You!
While these are some of our favorite and most distinctive ceramic sculpting tools, it's only the beginning. Don’t miss our full selection of carving tools, trimming tools, sgraffito tools, and so much more!
Our knowledgeable team is always here to help you find the best tool for any ceramic project. If you have any questions about the tools above or just want to brainstorm ideas, leave a comment below, or contact us!