Pottery is one of the most ancient art forms, and is a great way to express your creativity. Sculptors and potters create so many beautiful structures, decorations, and sculptures in 3D all over the world. These art forms require a lot of patience and vision but can be so rewarding once you get the hang of it.
Whether you are an avid potter yourself or you know someone who is, you will understand how hard it is to find something that you can buy as a gift for them or yourself.
Most people that are into pottery or sculpting have the more basic tools already at their disposal and some may even have reading materials and memberships that can be bought as gifts, so it can be very hard to buy them anything as a gift.
So, what are the absolute best gifts for potters? The best gifts for potters are both useful and a little unique. Tool sets are great for beginners and amateurs who may not have much, but for experienced hobbyists and pros, more sophisticated tools and unusual items for their craft are more thoughtful.
In this guide, we will talk about the 15 best gifts that you can buy for the pottery lovers in your life, or yourself. We’ll discuss a variety of gift options that are sure to make you or your loved ones very happy.
Gift Guide – 15 Best Gifts for Potters and Sculptors
Buying a gift for potters and sculptors is hard because they have all the tools they will ever need and anything they need for their work or hobby, they can just go out there and buy.
When buying gifts for any artist or hobbyist, something unique that they may not have come across is a always great option.
If you can swing it, something on the more expensive side is also a great gift. Whatever you end up buying, a good rule of thumb is to always gift items that will get used and not just stay on the shelf gathering dust.
Down below we’re listing the 15 best gifts that you can buy for yourself or the potters in your life that are a little on the unique thoughtful side that are sure to make their day:
|1.||BlackyVox Clay Sculpting Tool Set||Hobbyists & beginners|
|2.||UCEC Vintage Alphabet Stamp Set||Mixing it up|
|3.||Xiem Tools BatMate||Unsteady bats on the wheel|
|4.||ACE Mini Ribbon Cutter Tool Set||Amateur & serious hobbyists|
|5.||Creative Hobbies Sculpting Wheel||High-quality portable use|
|6.||Xiem Tools Precision Applicator||Lovers of precise decorations|
|7.||Welcom Magna Cart Folding Truck||Trade shows and markets|
|8.||EZE-LAP Diamond Sharpening Stone||Pros & serious amateurs|
|9.||Makin's USA Ultimate Clay Extruder Set||Decorative ceramicists|
|10.||A Dictionary of Color Combinations||Color theory enthusiasts|
|11.||Revco Flame-Resistant Bib Apron||Hobbyists & professionals|
|12.||Martha Stewart Heavy Duty Canvas Bag||Potters who take tools on the go|
|13.||Neiko Diamond Grit Drill Bit Set||Practical object makers|
|14.||Mastering the Potter's Wheel||Beginner & intermediate potters|
|15.||Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set||Soothing hard-working hands|
Keep reading for more information on each of these fabulous gift ideas.
1. BlackyVox Clay Sculpting Tool Set
If you’re looking for a set that will surely be a hit with any potters and sculptors in your life, this is the one for you. This BlackyVox set has 32 pieces which include polymer sculpting tools and metal pottery tools.
It has a storage case and an apron making it the complete package for you or your pottery loving friend. The grips on these tools are firm and they are highly durable. The storage case is made of sturdy materials and allows you to take your tools everywhere with ease and safety.
The apron is made from waterproof material and has pockets that make it very handy. This is one the best gifts, both in terms of quality and the items it has in it, that you can give for beginners or intermediate hobbyists who won’t spend money on tools for themselves.
2. UCEC Vintage Alphabet Stamp Set
This wooden stamp set is a perfect gift for the potter or sculptor in your life. This is something that not everyone has in their arsenal, but will make a great addition to any tool shelf. Especially for those make personalized gifts or fun wares to sell, these stamps make for great, even, and virtually hassle-free imprints.
These wooden alphabet stamps come in 52 upper case and lower case alphabets, 10 numbers, and 8 punctuation marks allowing any hobbyist to “write” even and beautifully vintage-looking lines in clay. Plus, these are extremely durable and easy to clean, perfect for messy clay use.
These stamps come in a beautiful vintage box which adds to the value of this set. Your favorite ceramicist will be eager to use and show it off. This is a great gift as it is something that many potters don’t already have, but will be likely to use.
3. Xiem Tools BatMate
The BatMate is a 12-inch diameter synthetic fabric that can be placed in between a bat and the wheel head to remove any chance of wobbling and can improve the accuracy of throwing and trimming.
This is a great gift for intermediate potters as this is likely something that they will not already have, but which will soon become a staple in their pottery and sculpting journey.
All you need to do is add water and it can be placed however you want it to lay on top of your wheel. If you know someone who has a stability issue with their wheel, this is a great gift that can help them move towards a more stable experience.
4. Mini Ribbon Toolset
This is another toolset that a beginner or intermediate sculptor in your life would likely love to receive as a gift. This small sculpting tool set comes with 6 ribbon cutters that are great for detailed shaping work on your pottery piece.
The precision that these tools allow is unmatched at this price point, they are a great addition to the work toolset of any potter or sculptor. They are compact and won’t take up much room but will work like charms when it comes to decorating or finishing off a piece.
Whether someone already has tools like this or not, this set makes a great gift as these tools are good value for money and are insanely easy to use. Besides, these little tools are easy to lose, so if you accidentally buy extras, the spares are likely to be appreciated one day.
5. Creative Hobbies Sculpting Wheel
Though a little more serious of a gift, this is one product that every sculptor in your life will love. This heavy-duty, cast iron wheel is great for beginners and pros alike. The size of this manual wheel allows you to move it around the room to catch the best light or take it with you to classes, workshops, or to show off a little at trade shows.
This wheel is exceptionally durable and provides excellent, and perhaps surprising, stability when used. The blue enamel paint on top gives it a whimsical feel and ensures it will not rust over time so you don’t have to worry about it only lasting a few years.
If you have someone in your life who is just starting to get into sculpting, or if you know a more serious sculptor who appreciates manual wheels for portability or nostalgia, this is a great choice.
6. Xiem Tools Precision Applicator
Precision applicators are something that every potter and sculptor will have in their arsenal. This Xiem applicator is a great gift that can add to their growing collection of pottery tools.
This beats all the plastic bottles available in the market as the rubber bottle allows for more control when slip trailing or using slip decoration techniques. It’s perfect for those looking to create beautiful designs or experiment with different slip colors in more precise designs.
This applicator tool comes in two sizes, giving you 1 or 3 ounces, and has a flexible rubber bulb with a variety of screw-on metal tips. The more you use this tool, the more you or the recipient of the gift, will fall in love with it.
7. Welcom Magna Cart Folding Truck
This is another serious gift, but it is sure to be more than appreciated by the serious potters and ceramicists in your life – particularly those who need to cart their wares to markets, shows, and even workshops.
This cart can be the best help that potters and sculptors can get when it comes to moving around heavy clay packages, large sculptures, packaged orders, and even tools.
The Magna Cart is huge enough to carry even the biggest packages but can fold up to help you store it easily without taking up much space. It is very durable and can last a very long time. It has 5-inch rubber wheels that help distribute the weight evenly allowing you to move around precious sculptures with ease.
When you gift this to a potter or sculptor in your life, particularly those who need to cart their wares to markets and shows, they will be sure to thank you again and again.
8. EZE-LAP Diamond Sharpening Stone
One of the most basic yet important tools that sculptors and potters use is a knife. A knife has many uses and needs to always be sharp for it to work properly.
This diamond sharpening stone is the perfect gift as it ensures that the knives that are used all the time always stay sharp. This sharpening stone is made from professional grade aluminum oxide which allows you to sharpen the knife with just water instead of investing in expensive oils.
It also has a non-slip base making it incredibly safe to use on any surface you choose to work on. The stone has a 600 grit side and a 300 grit side making it a complete package for anyone looking to sharpen their knives or pretty much any other tools.
9. Makin’s USA Ultimate Clay Extruder Set
An extruder is a great gift for potters that are into making things that have handles or decorative details on them. Making handles by hand can be a troublesome experience and they may never turn out as neat as you want them to be, so this is a great gift to receive and give.
The extruder allows you to insert clay in the barrel and by using the different dies that come in this set, you can push the clay out in whatever shape or size you need for your project. This set comes with 21 different dies that enable you to make any desired shape and style you want.
The set is highly durable being made from commercial-grade stainless steel and the clean-up is very easy as well. It comes with a plastic storage case which makes it easy for you to use and then store away in a cupboard. A great addition to the tools in a potter’s arsenal, this set is a great choice.
10. A Dictionary of Color Combinations
A Dictionary of Color Combinations is for color theory enthusiasts and any potter who loves connecting with the historical and intellectual sides of their craft. It is based on the work of Sanzo Wada who was a Japanese teacher, artist, and costume designer and it actually dates to the 1930s.
Available in both Japanese and English, this paperwork a great way to familiarize yourself with how colors work together and has 348 color combinations to get you excited.
This book makes a great gift for sculptors – and any artist or designer in your life – as it can provide so much inspiration on the color schemes and palettes for glazing, decorating, and more.
It is a wonderful addition to the library for any artist that loves to use color and learn from other great artists who’ve come before. Although a classic, your favorite potter is unlikely to have it, but sure to love it.
11. Revco Flame-Resistant, Split-Leg Bib Apron
This apron is beloved by potters and sculptors, which is what makes it a great gift.
It is an upgrade to the standard kitchen apron, as it is heat and flame-resistant, waterproof, and features the popular split leg design that makes it easy to sit down at the pottery wheel while keeping your pants safe from any flying materials.
It is available in two different lengths that are long enough to cover the most exposed parts when one is sculpting or making pottery. An apron isn’t always one of those things that we associate with gift-giving but it will make the potter or sculptor in your life very happy.
12. Martha Stewart Heavy-Duty Canvas Bag
This canvas bag is a great gift to give to the potters and sculptors that may work on the go sometimes.
This bag has 6-inch exterior pockets and 11-inch interior pockets making it the perfect bag to hold all your clay tools and equipment in one easy-to-pick-up bag. The shoulder strap is padded which makes it very comfortable on your shoulder no matter how much weight you may have in the bag.
This canvas bag is made from a very easy to clean material and requires only water and a mild detergent to get it back to mint condition. Even if you or a potter in your life is not on the go very much, this bag makes a great gift as it can double as great storage for your tools and clay equipment.
13. Neiko Diamond Grit Drill Bit Set
This diamond-coated, nickel-plated grit set is the perfect gift for those people in your life as it provides extra durability and maximizes performance when it comes to drilling in ceramic products.
This set contains 5 pieces ranging in size from 5/32” to ½” which makes this set a full package allowing you to work on the smallest of things to the biggest of projects. The price is a great value for the type of quality that you are getting and giving this set as a gift will serve any potter well.
14. Mastering the Potter’s Wheel – Ben Carter
If you’re looking to buy a gift for a newbie in the world of pottery and sculpting or if you are entering the wonderful world of pottery, this book is a very interesting read.
This is great for beginners but also intermediate potters as it dives into the basics that one should know when working with clay. The advice in the book is straightforward but thorough. It covers everything from throwing techniques to modifications that can be made to forms that your project may take.
The book also includes tips like stretches that you can do to avoid lower back pain as well as guiding sculptors best pottery practices. It’s great for those looking to take their craft to the next level, whether they haven taken classes or not.
15. Mary Kay Satin Hands Pampering Set
To end the list of some of the best gifts for potters and sculptors, we have this pampering and soothing set for those hard-working hands.
A lot of the work that potters do is with their hands which means that inevitably they get dirty, dry, and perhaps even a little damaged due to excessive washing, and clay drying and cracking on their skin.
This set from Mary Kay contains a scrub that will help flake the dead skin away to reveal the smooth skin underneath as well as a cream that will bring back the softness of your hands in no time.
Not many would think of a lotion set being useful for potters or other artists, but it’s sure to be useful and appreciated by your favorite potter. Plus, there’s no worry that you may have doubled up on a tool or gift. You can always extra skincare products when you work with your hands.
Potters and sculptors around the world make some of the most beautiful art pieces that we may ever see. They work with extreme patience and precision and deserve a treat now and then to let them know we appreciate their talent.
The list above covers all budgets and has unique ideas that can make potters and sculptors jump with joy. Whether you’re buying for yourself or someone else, we hope this gift guide helps you find the perfect gift.
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