Pottery is an exciting way to create your own works of art — but first, you need to stock up on some of our top 10 must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics. Every artist uses different tools; it often takes some experimentation to find the ones that work best for you. While you’re figuring out your personal style, these 10 tools are a great place to start. Each one is helpful for experienced potters and people who are new to the practice. Choose basic shaping tools to gain more control over the initial formation of your pieces, or opt for finishing and coloring tools to create the perfect end result.
1. Mudtools MudSponge Cleanup and Shaping Tools
Shaping is one of the most important aspects of creating pots, mugs, and other projects — and that’s why these Mudtools MudSponges are the best must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics. This set includes three different styles. The blue sponge is coarse, making it the perfect option for general shaping. The orange sponge is super absorbent, so you can use it to soak up excess water. With its fine-grain texture, the white sponge is ideal for finishing your pieces and taking care of the small details. We love that each sponge is shaped like a kidney to fit comfortably in your hand.
2. Ejiubas Clay Sculpting Tools
As you learn how to throw pots, these Ejiubas clay sculpting tools are one of the top must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics. Why? They allow you to bring more detail and nuance to the shape of your pieces. This set includes 10 different tools; five of the tools are double-ended, which means that you have 15 different heads to choose from. The contoured handles fit comfortably in your hand for easier use. Use the silicone tips for gentle shaping and wide coverage, and use the metal tips for detail work.
3. SE 8-Piece Pottery Tool Set
If you’re new to pottery, this SE tool set contains all of the essentials you need to get started. It’s also one of our favorite cheap must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics; it comes with the essentials, including a sponge, wooden shapers, metal cutters, and more. That way, you can experiment with different tools to find the one that you like best. Everything comes packaged in a vinyl bag for easy, clean storage.
4. Creative Hobbies Wood and Wire Bevel Cutter
When you need to cut sections off of a piece of clay, this Creative Hobbies bevel cutter can help. It’s designed with a smooth piece of wire that slices effortlessly through clay and minimizes cracking and unnecessary trimming. The lightweight wooden handle fits easily into your hand, so you can grip it comfortably for more precise cutting. Switch your grip to change the angle. Compact and affordable, this tool is one you’ll reach for constantly in the studio.
5. Complete Acrylic Paint Set
If you’ve ever wanted to add color to your ceramic or clay works of art, this complete acrylic paint set from Benicci has you covered. It comes with 24 colors that range from metallic to vibrant, so you can work with a wide range of combinations. Use the mixing art knife to create custom shades, and rely on the 12 different brushed to achieve different effects. Each paint comes with rich pigments that create strong, vibrant colors.
6. Paint Pens
Customize your ceramic and clay works with this set of 15 paint pens. They’re filled with oil-based colors, so they create smooth, even lines — perfect for writing works on coffee mugs or creating intricate designs. The paint is compatible with a wide range of materials, including ceramic, porcelain, and more. Each color is vibrant and saturated, so it’s easy to achieve the effect you want. We love the fine tips and balanced bodies; they allow plenty of control.
7. 8 Pack Pottery Tools
Are you getting into sculpting? This eight-pack of pottery tools from HityTech can help you achieve a custom result. Made from professional-grade materials, these tools are durable and easy to use. Each one features a tip in a different shape — use them to clean up the surface of your piece, carve special details into the surface, or shape a larger piece. The rubber sleeve is easy to grip, so you can manipulate the clay easily.
8. Caydo 9 Pieces Stylus Tools
Expand your ability to do detail work with this set of nine stylus tools from Caydo. These are some of the more affordable must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics, but they give you a range of shaping options. Four of the tools feature ball-shaped ends in varying sizes; they’re used to create curved indentations. The other five tools feature silicone shapers on one end and sharper metal tips on the other. Together, these tools give you the power to create soft, flowing shapes or sharp, crisp lines.
9. SE DD312 12-Piece Wax Carvers Set
These SE DD312 carvers are designed specifically to cut into soft surfaces, including wax and clay. With this set, it’s all about the tips. Each of the 12 tools features two different tips, so you can create everything from slim lines to wide slices. Constructed from stainless steel these tools are durable and strong. They’re also engineered with a balanced design, so you can hold them comfortably while you work.
10. Tour Artist Canvas Apron
Keep all of your tools close at hand with this Tour Artist canvas apron. It’s made from durable canvas material that protects your clothing from splatters. The adjustable cross-back straps are easy to fit using the slide adjuster, and the tie belt creates extra security. The best part? The rows of pockets that cross the front of the apron, making it easy to keep all of your tools in easy reach.
With the right tools and supplies, you can start your potting or ceramic hobby off on the right foot. By stocking your supply cabinet with these must-have supplies for pottery and ceramics, you can have all of the things you need to create beautiful works of art.
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By BCR Staff