Nick

Was it liberating to be filming this series?
It was great to do something a bit different; I loved the challenge of starting something completely new and seeing what I could push myself to do in the competition. It was the most fun I’ve had since my 30th birthday party.

 

What age or time in your life did you start pottery and who inspired you?
I started in April 2020 when we went into lockdown. An old friend stopped by and mentioned he had an old wheel I could have, so I guess he inspired me to give it a go. Cheers Alex xx

 

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 best piece of pottery is always the one I’m in the middle of making; the problem is I never finish anything.

 

Where do you make your pottery, do you have a shed or a workshop that you share?
I make at my house in the conservatory and then glaze and fire in my workshop.

 

What is your favoured technique – hand-built or thrown – or both and give reasons why?
At the moment I’m enjoying hand-building with heavily textured clays, the pieces I’m making have become more sculptural than functional.

 

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?
Pottery at home compared to the competition are a million miles away from each other. The first challenge was crazy, I found my hands were shaking which doesn’t work well with making, plus it was hotter than the sun in the pottery that day.

 

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’ve not made anything for anyone yet except a lighthouse for my mum. I’m still to find what area of ceramics I’m heading in so until then no one is having anything off me.

 

How did you find filming walking in on the first day?
It’s hard to walk when you have to think about it, a bit like breathing I guess. I think I was just copying the person in front.

 

Which judge did you want to impress the most and why?
I wanted to impress Rich more I guess, maybe because he’s a bit more self-contained and less open than Keith and it takes a bit more to make him excited.

 

What do you feel that you will take away from your experience on The Great Pottery Throw Down?
Apart from the obvious good memories, I’ll never forget the experience. The nerves at the beginning were quickly replaced with good friends which hopefully will now become lifelong relationships.

 

Did you enjoy being in the midst of pottery country in Stoke, and filming at the Gladstone Pottery Museum – did it inspire you?
The location was like one huge pottery film set, together with the history of the place I found it very inspiring.

 

How hard was it to keep a secret?
Not too hard, I’m good at keeping secrets.

 

Do you think your pottery friends or work friends were surprised to see you on television?
I think a lot of my work colleagues and friends were very surprised, they don’t even know I’m into ceramics and pottery.

 

What was your best and worst moment overall in the series, and why?
The best moment for me has to be winning Potter of the Week for my old boat. I couldn’t wait to watch this episode with my family and get Barry town talking.  The worst moment was when I had to get my vase out of the kiln in episode 6. I knew something was wrong as mine was the only one not laid out on the table. Straight away I knew my time was up as everyone else’s was in one piece. Then having to carry on with the vases knowing that it was obviously going to be me leaving.

 

What’s next for you in the pottery world and what are your hopes and ambitions after The Great Pottery Throw Down?
At the moment I’m still knee-deep in Sonic Screwdrivers and prop work. I’ll carry on exploring and learning about ceramics and see where my style takes me. When I feel I have an interesting range and style in ceramics I may look at seeing where I can take it!

 

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