Sculpting for victory: the Great Pottery Throw Down

Here are some of Ceramic Review‘s highlights from the Throw Down episode that focused on garden sculptures, plate throwing and strawberry pot making;

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The potters have been working hard so far,
but this week’s ‘main make’ took things to a new level…

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The remaining six were tasked with producing 5 foot
garden sculptures in the space of a few days.

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We saw fine examples of outdoor sculpture…

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While the judges explained that slab-building to this scale
is tough because the potters have to think about how
several pieces fit together.

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Some contestants chose to create their slabs without the slab-roller…

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Leading to just a little perspiration…

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And lots of laughs.

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Others’ work almost fell apart altogether.
(Slab-building is a delicate process).

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It’s always fascinating to see the contestants’ sketchbooks,
to find out where they draw inspiration from…

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And to watch the main makes taking shape so swiftly.

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Meanwhile, we shared some of our top ceramic art examples on Twitter,

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As the potters made strawberry planters in the spot test…

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And glazed their garden sculptures, ready to be fired.

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As if they didn’t have enough work to do, it was time for the throw down…

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Where the potters were given just ten minutes to create super wide plates.

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(It’s these time constraints that several viewers find frustrating).

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But onwards, to the judging of the main make.

The part where the potters bring their finished pieces into
the studio is always one of our favourites.

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Some of the sculptures didn’t quite fit together…

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While others hadn’t gone to plan – but were striking regardless.

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(Here’s Sally-Jo’s now, in her garden).

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It was Matthew’s sculpture that made Keith cry this week…

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Inspired by industrial forms with a contemporary twist,
it was a powerful structure for sure.

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‘Can we speak to you over the sculpture, Sandra?’

In the end, it was Sandra who reached the end of the Throw Down road…

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With an antenna that just didn’t cut it.

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Next week we look forward to watching the potters grapple with bone china…

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As we discover which of them is to reach the grand 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