Hanging by a thread: The Great Pottery Throw Down

Here are some of Ceramic Review‘s highlights from the Throw Down semi-final that focused on china chandeliers, plate banding and sphere throwing;

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The fifth episode of the Throw Down saw Kate and Keith
set their toughest challenge yet…

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The potters were tasked with using fine bone china
slip to produce chandeliers.

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Sally-Jo’s designs continued to impress…

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Despite Sara Cox thinking they looked
a little like insoles mid-way through.

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Meanwhile, Major Tom struggled to keep it together;

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We learnt a little about the origins of bone china…

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And shared some of our favourite pieces on Twitter.

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While the chandelier pieces were fired, the potters were tasked
with banding a set of plates…

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Which turned out to be trickier than it looked.

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The challenges didn’t get any easier,
with Keith’s spherical throw down…

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Throw a perfectly closed sphere, you say?

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Here, Jim was crowned King of the Wheel,
with this great curve.

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And so, onwards, to hanging that main make…

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We could barely watch, but fortunately
there were no major breakages.

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Considering none of the potters had slip
cast with bone china before…

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We were impressed with their final pieces:
(Here’s Jim’s compact leaf design).

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And we loved Sally-Jo’s cascading feathery work.

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However,  not everybody excelled.
Tom’s piece was marked as lacking direction…

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And Jane’s sparse patterned chandelier led to this
episode being the end of her Throw Down road.

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In the end, Matthew’s quilted design made him Top Potter
for a third week running, 
firming him up as favourite for the final.

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The Great Pottery Throw Down airs this autumn on Tuesdays on BBC2 at 9pm.
Ceramic Review can be found live tweeting each Tuesday evening @ceramicreview. Inside our two latest issues we’ve featured both the judges and the pottery technicians from behind-the-scenes. Discover more here: ceramicreview.com/magazine