The Best Pottery Tools For Beginners

When you’re looking to start your ceramic journey at home or in a professional studio, the right tools are key. If you want to take up this pottery long-term, having the right tools off the bat can help you create crisp, clean edges on every ceramic project. But finding the right beginner pottery tools can be overwhelming with the number of tools on the market. 

At DiamondCore® Tools, our carvers, trimmers and clay extruders are must-have tools to get you started in the pottery studio. Each tool features a stainless-steel blade that resists rust and dulling, allowing you to keep practicing your new craft. We’ll review the best pottery tools you need to start your tool collection. 

Pottery Carving Tools

Our DiamondCore® Clay Carving Tools are favorites among new potters and long-time artists alike. Our pottery carving tools allow you to sculpt unique designs and intricate details in the clay. With 33-plus carving tools to choose from, you’ll have the right tool to get you started in your pottery-making journey. 

P1 Curved V Tip Carving Tool

P1 Curved V Tip Carving Tool

Our P1 pencil-point carving tool is a must-have to begin your pottery carving tool collection. This is the perfect pottery tool for beginners because it has a traditionally-shaped stainless-steel blade that is excellent for pretty much any pottery project. It’s easy to create crisp, clean lines every time!

“This tool is amazing. It carves super clean lines, and it does not snag as you move it through the clay. You can truly create some beautiful designs!” —Andrea E. 

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P Series Diamond Set

P Series Diamond Set

If you know this will be a long-term hobby, our P Series Diamond Set is a great investment to kick off your pottery tool collection. This set features one of every carving tool we make at DiamondCore® Tools, allowing you to have the creative freedom you desire. Whether you want to create crisp lines or have super sharp tips for creating deep grooves, this set allows you to do it all as your skills progress. Plus, our pen-like tools with soft grip pads keep your hands comfortable and less fatigued while you work.  

 

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Pro Tip: If you’re searching for the right clay pottery tools for your next project or want to better understand the blades and shapes we offer, check out our carving tool blade selector.

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Pottery Trimming Tools

DiamondCore® pottery trimming tools feature advanced, stainless steel blades that are sharp enough to trim clay that’s too wet or dry for other pottery trimming tools on the market. Each tool is designed to provide minimal drag and resistance for smooth clay and an overall professional final product. 

T1 Half Dome Pottery Trimming Tool w/ Paddle Handle 

T1 Half Dome Pottery Trimming Tool w/ Paddle Handle

Our T1 Trimming Tool is a must for pottery beginners that need a reliable tool for carving, shaving, sculpting and scraping clay. The pottery trimming tool's blade features a round side and straight corner to help you easily transition from curved round to corner-cut carving. This tool will do it all!

“This is one of the first tools I purchased, and it’s amazing and highly versatile. I highly recommend!” —Alia H. 

“Never had a more smooth or pleasurable trimming experience. Even in material that is too dry, these trimmers cut through clay like a knife in butter. I can highly recommend!” —Rebecka 

 

 

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T Series Diamond Set

T Series Diamond Set

Get your pottery tool collection started off right with the entire collection of T Series DiamondCore® Trimming Tool Set. Whether you’re working on a mug or vase as you start out, you’ll never have to doubt that you have the right tools to trim your clay piece. Plus, as you grow and learn more about pottery making, you’ll have high-quality DiamondCore Tools to help you expand your skills and create beautiful ceramics! 

“Really versatile and well made. Endless uses, will never run out of options.” —Bonny 

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Handheld Clay Extruders 

The DiamondCore® line of handheld clay extruders allows you to quickly create beautiful accents for your pottery projects. The extruders’ variable-depth ski and stainless-steel blades can easily create uniform feet and handles for mugs, platters, dishes and more. Simply cut the clay to length and attach it. 

R4 Concave Handheld Clay Extruder

R4 Concave Handheld Clay Extruder

Our R4 Clay Extruder features an angled stainless-steel blade that allows you to effortlessly pull through clay. You won’t have to worry about mastering the art of handle pulling and can instead create consistent feet and handles for your pottery projects with one tool. Our customers love how quickly they can create additions to their ceramic work that turn out clean and professional every time. 

“This extruder really delivers. I have tried other handle-making tools. The results were inconsistent and disappointing. The R4 tool cuts a perfect handle every time. The best part is the ability to set the depth. That’s always been a major issue with other handle-making tools. The blade is very sharp and it cuts the clay like butter. There’s no drag like with other tools. The best investment I’ve made in a long time.” —Cyn

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R Series Diamond Set

R Series Diamond Set

Since our handheld clay extruders were released, they quickly became a customer favorite. That’s why we bundled them into one set that pottery artists can grab to accomplish all of their pottery goals. Our R Series Diamond Set features 18 handheld clay extruders, giving you incredible versatility when creating feet for slab-built pieces, and handles for mugs, pitchers, platters and other ceramic objects. 

“I cannot adequately express the quality and durability I've found this set to be. The extruder hand tools are easy to use cutting almost leather-dry clay. Quicker than setting up and filling any vertical extruder. I would suggest these extruder hand tools for both individual and small production pottery.” —James G. 

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Wood Ribs 

Wood Ribs

Create professional pottery projects right off the bat with these beautifully oiled, hardwood ribs. As you start your pottery journey, DiamondCore® Wood Ribs can help you to shape your pottery projects while taking them to the next level. Each rib feels like an extension of your hand. Use the rounded, straight and slanted edges of the tool to have the ability to create countless ideas at your fingertips.  

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Quality Pottery Tools are Worth the Investment 

Investing in high-quality pottery tools that resist rust and dulling is a must if you plan to turn ceramics into a long-term hobby. Our professional team at DiamondCore® designs each tool with you in mind, ensuring you get the most out of each tool you order.  You won’t be disappointed in how our tools perform, and you’ll immediately be on the right track for creating your first pottery project!

If you have any further questions about the best pottery tools for beginners, we’re here to help! Leave a comment or get in touch with our team on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram and can’t wait to help!

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