Upcoming Pottery Trends for 2023

In 2022 we were blown away by stunning ceramic work from talented pottery artists worldwide. Their pieces have been so impressive, and we love that artists share them with us. To help you create new ceramic projects, we’re always looking for pottery trends to inspire us and the tools we build. So far, we’re excited about what we’ll see in 2023. 

Intricate Carvings and Detailing

It’s always amazing when pieces come out of the kiln and the hours spent carving and detailing really pay off! In 2023, we expect artists to take their pottery projects to the next level with even more intricate carvings and detailing. 

Completing these detailed ceramic pieces means you’ll need the right tools. We make fine point carving tools that allow artists to carve deep or shallow shapes into clay with stainless steel blades that never dull and resist rust. 

When an artist is carving intricate details, they don’t want to stop, which means they need  more efficient tools that leave little debris. DiamondCore® Tools finger brushes can help. Just attach the brush to your finger or the tool you’re using to sweep away clay dust or crumbs. It’s so much more efficient than having to stop to pick up then set down a brush every so often.  





Marbled Clay

To make marbled clay, you can throw different types of clay onto a pottery wheel or cut pieces of different clay, putting them together before handbuilding. As you work, the clay will meld, creating a stunning marbled finished product. 

The first step is to ensure that the different clay types are compatible. Do they fire at the same temperature? Have the same moisture content? Do they shrink at the same rate? Once you figure out this important step, you can begin mixing clays. 

In the photos below, you can see how different clay colors work together to create gorgeous ceramic pieces. We’re excited to see how artists use marbled clay to create vases, mugs and more throughout the next year. 

Marbled Clay

Marbled Clay Pot

Elegant Sgraffito Designs

Sgraffito designs have been popular throughout 2022, and we don’t see that changing as we get into 2023. Sgraffito is derived from an Italian word meaning “to scratch.” This technique is done with artists applying layers of underglaze or slip and then carving it away to reveal the color underneath. We’ve been tagged in countless sgraffito designs this year and have loved every one of them. 

Artists create this pottery style using our DiamondCore® sgraffito tools, designed for scratch in intricate, realistic images, or intense geometric patterns. To learn more about creating sgraffito pottery, you can read our blogs, “What’s the Difference Between Sgraffito and Mishima” and “How to Make Sgraffito Pottery.”  

We expect more elegant sgraffito pottery in 2023 and are excited to see what each artist can accomplish! 







Soda Fired Ceramics

There are many different pottery firing types that artists can choose, but we expect to see many soda-fired ceramics in 2023. Soda firing is done when an artist puts baking soda and sodium carbonate into the kiln and it reaches a temperature of 2,350 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the ingredients vaporize and add a textured glaze to the pottery in the kiln. With this firing technique, no piece in the kiln will be the same! 

To learn more about different firing types that you could try in 2023, take a look at our Fire It Up Series: Methods and Techniques for Firing Pottery!






Ceramic Planters

Houseplants have surged in popularity the past few years, and they’re even more stunning when they’re in perfectly crafted ceramic planters! Plants do best when they’re in clay pots, which prevent water from sitting and creating root rot. Use DiamondCore® hole tools to cut a hole in the bottom of your planter once it’s been fired. Just remember to use water while working! 

Overall, ceramic planters are better for the plant and more visually appealing for plant parents. We’re excited to see the ceramic planters that artists create using a variety of firing and glazing techniques!







If you have questions about choosing the right pottery tools for your next project, we’re here to help! Leave a comment on this blog, send us an email 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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