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Everything you need to know about The Great Pottery Throw Down

Prima (UK) logo Prima (UK) 10/03/2021 Naomi Gordon
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Spoilers ahead!

The Great Pottery Thrown Down has been providing viewers with an hour of restorative and tranquil TV with its array of impassioned potters competing to create their best pieces in front of a panel of experts.

The competition is coming to a head as three remaining potters prepare to enter the grand final on Sunday (14th March).

Originally airing on BBC Two back in 2015 and 2017, the series is currently airing on Channel 4, which commissioned a fourth season with new presenter Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney taking over from Melanie Sykes, returning judge and master potter Keith Brymer Jones, and newcomer Rich Miller.

Similar in format to The Great British Sewing Bee, the show follows 12 passionate, home potters as they strive to create their most intricate and imaginative work, before their pieces are judged by the expert judging duo and a variety of well-known faces and experts from the world of pottery.

The potters were tasked with creating an elaborate and fully functional pedestal sink and decorate a chamber pot for Bathroom Week on Sunday night's episode (7th March), to secure a place in the grand final.

Adam was named Potter of the Week after impressing the judges with his magical and beautifully mythical mermaid sink.

Sadly, volunteer Hannah was the latest potter to be eliminated from the series.

Next weekend is the grand final which will feature a 1920s theme, and the remaining potters facing the tiniest throwing challenge yet. The three finalists are: Peter, Adam and Jodie.

We can't wait!

Throughout the series, Keith, Rich and guest judges will demonstrate specialist techniques and offer advice, ultimately deciding which potter becomes Potter of the Week - and which potter must be sent home.

The new series launched on 10th January at 7.45pm on Channel 4. You can catch up with episode one, in which the potters are challenged to throw a cheese set and port chalices, on 4OD.

We're now three episodes in, which means the competition is down to four contestants following the elimination of aviation enthusiast and executive ground staff Irina, retired theatre wardrobe manager Ara, library assistant Susan, community nurse Lee, former model Shenyue, care worker Henry, former graphic designer Sally, and architecture student Alon.

Meet the The Great Pottery Thrown Down 2021 judges and host

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The judges feature returning master potter Keith Brymer Jones, and newbie Rich Miller.

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"Yay!! I'm so excited that the new series of @potterythrow has been announced! And super happy to be a judge this time around. I had such a fab time with @keithbrymerjones and @siobhni. Bring it on!!" Rich said in a post on Instagram.

Derry Girls star Siobhan McSweeney will be hosting proceedings.

Meet the The Great Pottery Thrown Down 2021 contestants

The original contestants taking part on the series are Henry, Adam, Peter, Ara, model Shenyue, community-spirited volunteer Hannah, aviation enthusiast Irina, NHS scrub nurse Jodie, community nurse Lee, Alon, library assistant Susan and former graphic design student Sally.

Susan: Library assistant - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Susan reveals she was roped into painting and DIY as a child. She met her now-husband Ron in a pub in the Outer Hebrides when he ‘accidentally’ spilled her drink and offered to buy her another one!

Shenyue: Former model - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Despite only discovering pottery in the past year and a half, model Shenyue ditched her former role in the corporate world to follow her passion for ceramics.

Sally: Former graphic designer - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Sally used to call potters “mudslingers” when she was a tidy graphic design student, but now she admits to being at her happiest when she’s in a “t-shirt, jeans and covered in mud.”


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Peter: Visual arts teacher

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Channel 4 says: Just before his 50th birthday, Peter returned to university to study a degree in ceramics and has now been teaching visual arts for almost 20 years

Lee: Community nurse - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Lee is a constant crafter and hobbyist. He picked up pottery from an acquaintance three years ago, and hasn’t stopped since.

Jodie: NHS scrub nurse

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Channel 4 says: Jodie matches the pressures of her work with training for triathlons and ironman contests in her spare time. She took up pottery two years ago when she was looking for a winter activity.

Irina: Aviation enthusiast - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Irina lives and breathes aviation: her fiancé and son are both private pilots and she works as executive ground staff for a private jet company. She loves to throw “feminine, floral, breathtaking romantic vases”.

Henry: Activities organiser in an elderly residential home - Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Henry taught himself to throw on a disused kick wheel and outside of pottery, loves trampolining, trapezing, unicycling and juggling.

Hannah: Volunteer - Eliminated

a person sitting at a table eating food: Great Pottery Throw Down Hannah © Mark Bourdillon - Channel 4 Great Pottery Throw Down Hannah

Channel 4 says: Community-spirited Hannah developed her ceramics skills by learning through ‘osmosis’ whilst volunteering at a pottery studio.

Ara: Retired theatre wardrobe manager -Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Ara likes to accessorise his pots with studs, nuts and bolts, inspired by his costume days.

Alon: Architecture student -Eliminated

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Channel 4 says: Alon was raised in Israel. He's the family’s resident chef and creates meals based on his heritage.

Adam: Support worker

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Channel 4 says: Adam turned to clay when he was recovering from a car accident. He loves hand-building and is particularly inspired by the sea.

Which Great Pottery Throw Down contestants have been eliminated?

The latest challenge featured the potters creating an elaborate and fully functional pedestal sink and decorating a chamber pot for Bathroom Week for a spot in the grand final.

In previous weeks, the contestants have been tasked with making busts of musical legends, making Acoma pottery fired in cow dung and throwing Alabama ring bottles, building an animal water feature and throwing a strawberry planter.

They've also made their own range of cookware and thrown cheese sets and port chalices.

Where is The Great Pottery Throw Down filmed?

The Great Pottery Throw Down is filmed in a studio in Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, and the location is fondly known as The Potteries, and is recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics.

What can fans expect from the new series?

So far, judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller have set the 12 potters two challenges against the clock: to throw a cheese set and port chalices as the battle of clay kicks off at the wheel.

Episode two, which airs on January 17, featured the 11 remaining potters slab-build a 3D building and, in a Throw Down first, judge Rich Miller tasks the potters with hand-making bricks.

Since then they have made

What channel is it on again?

Channel 4, and after each episode is aired, it's available to stream on 4 On Demand. It previously aired for two seasons on BBC Two.

Can I watch other seasons of The Great Pottery Throw Down online?

The Great Pottery Throw Down originally aired for two series on BBC Two between 2015 and 2017, but the episodes are no longer available to stream on iPlayer. The show moved to Channel 4 last year, so all 10 episodes of season 3 are available to watch now on Channel 4's streaming service 4OD. Episode 1 of season 4 is available to watch too, as it launched last Sunday (January 10).

When does The Great Pottery Throw Down air?

The show airs on Sundays on Channel 4 at 7.45pm, launching on January 1o and will continue to air on Sundays for 10 weeks, giving you pottery fun from January 10 until March 14 2021.

The Great Pottery Thrown Down concludes on Sunday, March 14th, at 7.45pm on Channel 4.

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