Cellan

 

Was it liberating to be filming this series?
I am not sure if I found it liberating, but it was definitely exciting.

 

What age or time in your life did you start pottery and who inspired you?
I started teaching myself how to throw when I was 16. I was inspired to start after watching the first series of Throw Down.

 

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?
My favourite ceramic piece that I have made are the legs of my coffee table. I really wanted to join my favourite materials together and I found this really interesting. The best piece of pottery I have ever made is probably my own coffee cup. I use it every day and still enjoy using it, to me that makes it the best.

 

Where do you make your pottery, do you have a shed or a workshop that you share?
I am currently making my pottery in a shared studio space just outside of Brighton.

 

What is your favoured technique – hand-built or thrown – or both and give reasons why?
I love throwing, to me this is what ceramics was all about. As I have continued my ceramic journey, I have started to dive more into the hand-building world but I still prefer to throw. Because it is not a very social activity, I like to use it to disappear, almost like meditation. I can just focus on one thing and put everything I can into it.

 

Pottery is usually a relaxing hobby and a lengthy process so what was it like to be working under quite strict time constraints that first week?
I found it very difficult to adjust to the strict time constraints that the show had produced. I learnt very quickly that I would have to work fast in order to get things done on time. There is also a lot going on around you.

 

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?
I mostly like to make mugs and vases as gifts. Anything practical really, I like the idea of someone using a gift that I have given them.

 

How did you find filming walking in on the first day?
It was both exciting and incredibly nerve-racking.

 

Which judge did you want to impress the most and why?
I really wanted to impress both judges but especially Keith. I had never expected to get on the show but once there I really just wanted to prove that I deserved to be there.

 

What do you feel that you will take away from your experience on The Great Pottery Throw Down?
I will take lots away from my experience on The Great Pottery Throw Down, mostly knowledge as I have learnt so much, from the challenges and from the other contestants. Also, loads of new mates.

 

Did you enjoy being in the midst of pottery country in Stoke, and filming at the Gladstone Pottery Museum –  did it inspire you?
I did enjoy it; it is an experience I will never forget. Being in Gladstone Pottery was brilliant, it was incredible to be working in the old buildings.

 

How hard was it to keep a secret?
I didn’t find it too hard to keep it a secret. I wanted people to find out on their own and surprise them that way.

 

Do you think your pottery friends or work friends will be surprised to see you on television?
I think it was a surprise for a few people.

 

What was your best and worst moment overall in the series, and why?
The best and worst moment happened at the same time for me. When throwing the forcers for the second challenge on episode 5. For me, it started so promisingly before crumbling before my eyes. This was still a very exciting moment for me, managing to throw something so large. It has pushed me to try and throw more larger pieces.

 

What’s next for you in the pottery world and what are your hopes and ambitions after The Great Pottery Throw Down?
I just want to keep making, keep experimenting and keep enjoying clay. Making the things I want to and sharing them with anyone who wants.

 

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