The Great Pottery Throw Down
Series 5 2022
I was fortunate enough to be selected to take part in series 5 of the Channel 4 programme, The Great Pottery Throw Down. My journey took me right through to the quarter finals, taking part in a myriad of challenges including designing a pair of vases in the style of 1960s West German ware; designing an animal table lamp; decorating a utensil jar which was judged by Orla Keilly; pulling handles under the expert eye of Florian Gadsby.
Week 1 - A children's dinner set. Thrown and then altered. I chose to make a set based on the theme of space with a lidded rocket shape egg cup; a star and moon side place; a world bowl; a sun plate and a shooting star mug
Week 2 - A slab built wall clock. I based my make on my hobby of bird watching with a 30cm x 30cm x 20cm cuboid shaped main body adorned with sprig moulded birds and carved to give the clock face and surrounding forest branches.
Week 3 - Porcelain paper clay - an inanimate tribute to my locality. This make was designed with the steel industry in mind. The steel industry is important in my local town - Scunthorpe as well as the city where I trained as a teacher - Sheffield. Outside Kelham Island Industrial Museum is a huge steel ladle which was used in production of steel. It was this vessel that I chose to replicate
Week 4 - Raku week - a decorative teaset. My set had the title a world of contrasts.
Week 5 - Winter Olympic Gnomes - I chose to construct a toboganning gnome, an ice-skating gnome and a ski-ing gnome. The ice skating gnome was based on Christopher Dean in his bolero outfit with purple chiffon. The ski-ing gnome was based on Eddie the Eagle Edwards.
Week 6 - 1960s week - A pair of vases inspired by West German ware and glazed in lava glazes. I was potter of the week this week and couldn't have been happier. Doughnut vases are one of my favourite things to make and I managed to get them in to this brief.
Week 7 - Animal table lamp - Angler fish - a light in the dark.
Week 8 (quarter finals) - Self-sculpture - Mother Me