The Great Pottery Throw Down: Out on the tiles

Here are some of Ceramic Review‘s highlights from the Throw Down episode that focused on basins, tiles and blind hand-throwing;

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The show opened with glimpses of ancient decorative ware, highlighting our
common instinct to wish to decorate the handmade.

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The judges tested the potters’ decorative skills through the art of basin-making this week.

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We saw some vibrant designs…

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and ambitious processes from the outset.

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There were some notably unique surface treatments…

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and considered mark-making, drawing from antiquity
(with the help of some students!)

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And, so, with a little prayer…

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and the power of the dreads,
the pieces took shape, and were submitted to be fired.

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Meanwhile, we noticed this graceful tile work by Sandra…

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and enjoyed watching the potters try their hand at throwing, blindfolded.

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Yet, their minds remained on the main make.

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Watching the contestants paint their basins with oxides and glazes was fascinating.

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Mr Practical looked on, slightly perplexed by James’ organic basin…

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…but it came out looking pretty fresh,
if a little rough around the edges.

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We thought this sink from Matthew was striking…

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Keith became a little teary again at the sight of Tom's work

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and Tom became the second potter to make Keith well up.

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In the end, Jim was crowned the Top Potter of the week, with this glossy aquatic work.

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While Nigel, who came for the craic, was asked to leave.

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Next week, we look forward to watching the potters getting all fired up…

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NT and we look forward to watching those sparks fly in the main make

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and to seeing sparks fly, in that mysterious main make.

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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