I’ve noticed lots of potters using cut-outs in their pieces as part of their overall design recently. It adds (and subtracts) an interesting and appealing look to a pot's surface. I’ve used this cut-away technique from time to time in my own clay art. And seeing some of the beautiful examples on Instagram and Facebook have sparked my own return to this technique.
I've collected several tools throughout the years to cut away clay. Various knives and blades can be used for cutting; small cookie cutters remove the clay in assorted shapes and special piercing tools in a variety of diameters make a clean round hole.
I decided to experiment with a basket form this week. I like the oval shape which is also mimicked in the strap handle. I knew I would cut away some of the wall to add to the basket functionality and design.