Catch up with each Throw Down episode and read a Q&A with the leavers

 

Week 1: Crockery set and ceramic milk bottles

Potter of the week
Lucinda impressed the judges with her children’s tea set and was named the first POTW

Saying goodbye
Bill was the first potter to leave after only managing a pair of bottles, and being disappointed by the colours on his crockery set.


Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

 

 

Week 2: Pendulum wall clock and blindfold challenge

Potter of the week
Cellan shone at both the challenge and the clock main make to be crowned POTW.

Saying goodbye
Zahra’s origami bird clock sadly didn’t hang on the wall (although, of course, in real life, one could have sorted that out!)

Read what she had to say about her experience on the show here

 

Week 3: Inanimate objects and a bottle kiln

Potter of the week
Nick made the most of the unusual qualities of paper clay, and his very detailed boat got him this week’s win.

Saying goodbye
Josh’s cart didn’t quite make the grade, and he was the third potter to leave.

Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

Week 4: Japanese tea set and handle-pulling

Potter of the Week
Tom rose to the challenges of raku-firing with Keith saying it’s ‘the best thing’ he’s done, and was given this week’s title.

Saying goodbye
Miles was the next to go after his raku was judged to be not quite refined enough.
Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

Week 5: Character gnomes and a sea kale forcer

Potter of the Week
AJ’s double whammy of their contemporary gnomes and spectacular forcer won them POTW

 

Saying goodbye
For Cellan, the big challenge proved too much, and his gnomes were a bit too small.


Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

 

Week 6:  A pair of vessels inspired by the swinging Sixties, and a decoration spot challenge

Potter of the Week
Jenny took the title this week, after her stunning ’60s-inspired vases moved Keith to tears and drew every single compliment you can think of!

Saying goodbye
Nick had a blowout in the bisque-firing, and his decoration challenge didn’t go brilliantly with guest judge Orla Kieley not very taken by his flames design.

Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

Week 7: Wildlife Week and the main challenge was hand-built table lamps in life-like animal forms, decorated with sgraffito. The spot test was 12kg of clay, and the potters were invited to create a signature set or piece of their own choosing, as long as it stuck with the wildlife theme. There was everything pot for – the winners would go through to the quarter-final

Potter of the week
AJ’s sea otter lamp wowed the judges with its rounded form and surface texture. Their quirky trio of altered thrown animals also won the spot test. A well-deserved win!

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Saying goodbye
Tom’s octopus was a brave choice, given the potential fragility of its tentacles. These all survived the firing, but there wasn’t enough sgraffito to satisfy the judges. His duo of Earth pots wasn’t as strongly themed as the other potters’ work and Tom was the next to leave.

Read what he had to say about his experience on the show here

 

Week 8: Self-sculpture, building a sawdust kiln and throwing candlesticks off the hump were on the agenda this week, and it’s the quarter-final!

Potter of the week
Christine absolutely blew the judges away with her amazing self-sculpture and was awarded POTW. They described the piece as “triumphant, powerful and brave”, and so it was.

Saying goodbye
Jenny’s candlesticks in the challenge had the judges giggling, but her main build had seam-lines. At this stage of the competition, that was enough to see her leave.

Read what she had to say about her experience on the show here

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Week 9: The semi-final! The ever-amusing Bathroom Week challenge was urinals, and the spot test was Wedgwood Jasperware. Christine’s legs blew off her lobster urinal, while Lucinda’s big areas of slab cracked. One could argue that the former is a worse example of potter error than the latter, but we’re not the judges!

Potter of the week
AJ is really on a roll in these later stages, winning the urinal challenge with their knight’s visor.

Saying goodbye
Lucinda came first in the Jasperware challenge, but the positioning of her slabs in the urinal meant that they’d cracked during the bisque firing, which was enough for her to leave the show.

Read what she had to say about her experience on the show here

 

Week 10: The final!

Across 10 clay-packed episodes, we saw 12 of the best home potters turn lumps of clay into beautiful objects, everything from homeware to urinals.  The Great Pottery Throw Down, presented by Ellie Taylor and Siobhán McSweeney, brought the messy and marvellous world of pottery to life.

After 20 tough challenges filmed at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, it was AJ from Aberdeen, who emerged triumphant as the winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down 2022.

It all began with a children’s crockery set and milk bottles, onto clocks and throwing a pet bowl blindfolded. The next main make was an homage to the potter’s hometown and then Stoke-on-Trent.  Everyone loved Raku Week and the handle-pulling produced the inevitable innuendoes.  Garden Week saw Keith and Rich dressed up as garden gnomes and ’60s week was a great retro throwback.  Wildlife Week followed and then it was Sawdust Firing week with self sculptures that made for a very emotional episode for the potters and, of course, there had to be urinals that flushed for Bathroom Week!

Judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller had the toughest decision to make – who had done enough to be crowned Britain’s best home potter? And they saved the most complicated and demanding challenges for the final: the potters had to face two of their toughest challenges yet.

They all produced the most amazing personalised garden totems and ended with magnificent pierced crowns using the technique of devil’s work. But there was only to be one winner to take the trophy home and it was AJ.

Read what they had to say about their experience on the show here

 

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