episode 3 Josh

Josh

 

Was it liberating to be filming this series?
It was an incredible experience and one that I would not forget.

What age or time in your life did you start pottery and who inspired you?
I started pottery when I was in year 7 and my first inspiration was Kate Malone and Portuguese 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?
The best piece of work I made was for my second year at uni. I made an installation 6ft chandelier out of porcelain and terracotta pieces. I made each piece by creating my own extruder plate. There were about 200 individual ceramic pieces that got joined to an armature to create the chandelier. Surrounding the chandelier in a circle were loads of thrown pots of various sizes and colours and in the middle was a very large half thrown and coiled pot. The last piece of the chandelier touched the top of the large pot creating an installation with the theme from the ground up.

Where do you make your pottery, do you have a shed or a workshop that you share?
I make my work in the DT workshop at the school where I work.

What is your favoured technique – hand-built or thrown – or both and give reasons why?
I enjoy both techniques but at the moment I enjoy throwing, I love the challenge of throwing new things and it is also very calming.

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?
It was a shock but I was ready for it and I actually really liked the competitive time restriction element. It made pottery that little bit more of a sport almost and I enjoyed working under pressure.

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 make all sorts of things from plates, to vases to sculptures. I get a lot of requests, especially over the Christmas period.

How did you find filming walking in on the first day?
Incredibly exciting and nerve-racking because we didn’t know when we would start the challenges so it was a buildup of apprehension.

Which judge did you want to impress the most and why?
I wanted to impress both judges but especially Keith because he is incredibly passionate about ceramics.

What do you feel that you will take away from your experience on The Great Pottery Throw Down?
Just taking part in the show will be a memory for the rest of my life and I will always be proud of what I achieved. But also, the people I met were fantastic. The different challenges and the time pressure made it so exhilarating.

Did you enjoy being in the midst of pottery country in Stoke, and filming at the Gladstone Pottery Museum – did it inspire you?
I loved every moment it, was incredible I would love to do it all again.

How hard was it to keep a secret?
It is incredibly hard, all I want to do is tell my friends and family what I have been through and achieved.

Do you think your pottery friends or work friends will be surprised to see you on television?
I think they were incredibly surprised and some even shocked that I actually make pottery, let alone being on TV.

What was your best and worst moment overall in the series, and why?
The best moment was completing the first challenge because it was all so new and we didn’t know what to expect. I created something similar to what I had in mind under the pressure and nothing broke and I was pleased with the outcome. My worst moment was when I came 5th in the blindfolded surprise throwing challenge.

What’s next for you in the pottery world and what are your hopes and ambitions after The Great Pottery Throw Down?
Being on the show has reignited my passion for pottery so hopefully, I can begin to make loads again and maybe even sell my work or exhibit in a gallery.

 

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