Oh Ara, we feel for you!

Throw Down Ara

In episode one of the Throw Down, after a promising start, a glaze mishap seemed to spell the end for Ara and he was the first contestant to hear the words “I’m so sorry…”

Discover more about Ara, and his thoughts on being involved with the show

• Was it liberating to be filming this series?
I was pleased to have been one of the chosen participants.

• What age or time in your life did you start pottery?

• Can you say something about the best piece of pottery you have ever made, even if it was your first piece – and any memories that are attached to it?
A small bowl with punk metal spikes. It’s about 3mm thin and I love the balance between the thin ceramic and the sharp metal spikes. It reminds me of my fashion college days.

• Where do you make your pottery, do you have a shed or a workshop that you share?
The attic rooms at home.

• What is your favourite build technique  and why?
Throwing  – I love the immediacy of creating something that’s in one’s mind’s eye.

• Pottery is usually a relaxing hobby and a lengthy process. What was it like to be working under quite strict time constraints that first week?
I thought I would enjoy it but upon reflection, time constraint is the exact opposite of how I work. I like taking my time and finishing something well.

• What is your favourite piece of pottery that you make for friends and family, and do you get any special requests around Christmas or birthdays?
Large serving platters!

• How did you find filming, walking in on the first day?
Very organised and enjoyable.

• Which judge did you want to impress the most and why? Did you find Siobhán a great support when the going got tough?
Both of the judges, and Siobhán helped carry something into the drying-room, which saved me time and I was/am most grateful.

• What do you feel that you will take away from your experience on The Great Pottery Throw Down?
‘The journey’ is the important thing.

• Did you enjoy being in the midst of pottery country in Stoke, and filming at the Gladstone Pottery Museum – did it inspire you?
Gladstone Pottery Museum was a sight to behold – I wish there had been the freedom to roam around more, but there were Covid restrictions.

• Do you think your pottery friends or work friends were surprised to see you on television?
Hope so!

• How hard was it to keep a secret?

• What’s next for you in the pottery world, and what are your hopes and ambitions after The Great Pottery Throw Down?
My goal has not changed – when behind the potter’s wheel, I’d like to be able to throw exactly what is in my mind’s eye.

• What were your best and worst moments overall in the series, and why?
Best moment: putting on the potter’s apron for the first time (a personal goal). Worst: sticking my hand in that thick white glaze!


Next week

It’s all about bricks and mortar as the 11 remaining potters slab-build a 3D building and in a first for the Throw Down, judge Rich Miller tasks the potters to handmake bricks, as he and fellow judge, Keith Brymer Jones decide who is potter of the week and who must leave the pottery.


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