As a potter, you can never have enough tools.
There are certain tools you will need to shape, decorate, and texture your clay and others you will get just because they are cool or a fellow potter friend has one. The more tools you have, the more creative you can get with your clay.
There is no better place to start then with a Pottery Tool Set.
These Tool Sets have a great selection at a great price.
I have put together a list of five of the Best Pottery Tool Sets under $18.
Many of these tools I have used or am using at the present time.
Any of these picks will help you to create beautiful pottery.
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The tools listed in the post are tools I have used or am using at the present time. The tools are also optional, being that you may have, and use many of them already.
1. eoocvt 30pcs Pottery Sculpting and Carving Tool Set
After you throw the pumpkin, pig, or apple shape on the wheel, you want some carving and sculpting tools to finish creating your piece with. This set has everything you need to complete your projects.
This 30 piece eoocvt Sculpting Tool Set (amazon) is a great value. For less than $18, you can’t go wrong.
Although these tools are not strong enough to carve real pumpkins, this Tool Set is still durable and can carve and shape the clay even when it’s a little past leather hard. The overall quality of this set is good. The wooden modeling tools hold up very well even after continual use with wet clay. Also, the wooden tooltips don’t wear down fast.
Ease of Use:
Love the carving tools. The handles are a good size and fit comfortably in your hands as you carve and shape your creation. The round loop tool is not sharp but does the job just fine for sculpting. Keep in mind the knives work well but are not as sharp as a fettling knife. The wire texture tool is great for creating fine lines and joining clay together.
The different tips carve out the clay nicely. You’ll be happy with the variety of tools you’ll have to choose from. These tools are great for decorating flat and round surfaces as well as tight spaces. You can find this Tool Set on Amazon. Click Here (amazon) to check them out.
2. GoFriend 14 piece Pottery Carving Tool Set
This 14 set Pottery Tool Set (amazon) was made with the creative ceramic carver in mind. This is a good sculpting set to get started with. It helps the beginner feel like a pro.
These tools are reasonably priced. You get a nice Tool Set and carrying case for under $18
The modeling tools and ceramic tools are good and solid. They hold up nicely over time. The wooden modeling tools last a long time and hold up to moisture really well. However, you don’t want them to be floating in your water container or have them wet for a prolonged period of time.
Ease of Use:
Whether you are pro or just a beginner, you will be pleased with this set. The model tools fit nicely in your hands even when your hands are wet or full of clay. The ribbon tool handles are thin but still work well. They carved thin areas with smooth precision for me.
This Tool Set comes with a Canvas Zippered Case. The case holds the tools in place well but, because the case is canvas and given the nature of pottery, you will be hard-pressed to keep it clean, especially when used often. Most of the pieces in this 14-piece set, are double-sided which gives you 21 different tools to work with, making it a nice compact versatile set of tools. To get your set Click Here (amazon).
3. 2 Pack Pottery Clay Tools Kit
This set is great for starters. You get 2 of each of your basic tools every potter needs to throw on the wheel with. 2 needle tools, 2 wooden ribs, and 2 modeling tools, 2 wire clay cutters, 2 metal ribs, 2 loop, and ribbon tools and 2 sponges. I actually did buy 2 and I’m glad I did. These tools come in handy.
This 2 Pack Set Clay Pottery Tool Kit (amazon) has everything a beginner potter needs to start on their creative potting journey. This Starter Tool Set is a great price for less than $18.
These tools hold up well and feel sturdy. The wood tools haven’t splintered after a year of steady work. This is important since these tools do get wet almost every day, especially when working on the potter’s wheel a lot.
Ease of Use:
The wire loop tool is on the dull side, but they do a good job of carving and are great for beginner potters. The wood has a comfortable feel when trimming and creating designs in the clay. Check this set out Here (amazon).
You’ll be surprised by the flexibility of the metal scraper and how well the wooden modeling tool works with your clay. Much better than using assorted household items to create the desired effect on your piece. These tools do the trick and will be used throughout your crafting days.
4. SERONLINE 24pcs Tool Set
For 30 tools, being less than $18 it will definitely not break the bank. And with most of the tools being double-sided, you get a choice of over 50 different tips to choose from.
The SERONLINE Tool Set (amazon) is made well. The tools feel good in your hands while smoothing, shaping, and carving. These are sturdy tools for the price.
The paint may come off the handle of the rubber tip pens, but they still work well. The loop tool is also not sharp in this set.
Ease of Use:
These tools are very versatile and carve, shape, and smooth out your clay with ease. The wooden modeling tools shape and cut into the clay effectively. The rubber pens smooth out the surface of the clay where your fingers can’t get, plus shape and draw beautifully.
This is a great set to have for your studio. You may not need all the tools all the time, but whenever you need a certain carving tool, this Tool Set will have it. Click Here (amazon) to get yours. This set makes Sculpting and Shaping your pottery easier.
5. 13 Piece Pottery Clay Sculpting Set
This Pottery Tool Sculpting Set (amazon) is one of the best and affordable Tool Sets. Perfect for the beginner potter that doesn’t quite know which tools to get yet. This Set has a good selection of wooden molding tools and calipers that all potters need.
For the tools you get with this Pottery Tool Set, the price is surprisingly good. Wow-what a deal.
For the number of items you get and the quality is pretty good. I have only had one carving tool detach from the wooden holder. I just glued it back in and continued with my work.
These tools hold up well, even with my hands full of wet clay.
Ease of Use:
These tools perform nicely with each task I have. The loop tool could be a bit sharper for carving, but all in all, they do the job cutting, carving, and scraping. To get yours Click Here (amazon).
Each tool in this set has served its purpose. The wooden ribs work well, just the way I like it. The different types of wooden modeling tools really help you to achieve the right shape you want. The wooden modeling tools also have nice pointy tips on one end. I use them mainly for shaping, getting the extra clay off my pottery, and getting the bat off my wheel. All in all, this is a great set for under 18 dollars.
That was the list of some good Pottery Tool Sets for under $18 for you to choose from. If you would like to check out more pottery tools, head on over my Best Tools Page. Also check out the review on one of the favorite tools I use on the potter’s wheel, The Ultimate Edger. The perfect edging tool for the pottery wheel.
When it comes to using pottery tools, the things you can do seem endless. It’s nice to a big selection of tools to choose from. You can cut, carve, add on, smooth out, draw on, and shape with the help of pottery tools. Does every Tool Set have everything you need? No, but that’s why there are many different ones to choose from at a reasonable price.
These Tool Sets sure helped me create and enjoy the Art of making Pottery. I hope they do the same for you.