The Great Pottery Throw Down: Channel 4 tease new season
The Great Pottery Throw Down is back with a brand new series and 2021 welcomes new judges, presenters and contestants as they search for the UK’s best potter. Derry Girls’ actor Siobhan McSweeney is taking on the hosting duties, while Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller will be casting their expert eyes over the clay creations. Ahead of the show kicking off tonight on Channel 4, Keith spoke about what his role entails and involved he becomes in the whole process.
The Great Pottery Throw Down initially debuted on the BBC but was axed in 2018 only to return last year with the third series on More4.
Now, with the show’s popularity increasing, Channel 4 have taken it on and Keith is still at the helm of judging.
Since the very first series, Keith was awarded the title ‘The Crying Judge’ after the beauty of several creations left him feeling utterly overwhelmed.
And he previously explained why he was always left crying: “I find the simpler the design, the more impact it has.
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“There’s quite often times when I’ve looked at a certain shape, and it will move me to tears.”
And it seems the those starring in the Channel 4 series have the same effect on the craftsman.
“As a judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down I frequently observe how the potters grow throughout the show. I’m often moved to tears as they physically and emotionally connect with the clay,” Keith explained.
“Working with clay, I know how good touching something elemental can make us feel, how necessary it is for human happiness.
“That’s one reason why I believe that everyone should have a go at throwing on the wheel at least once in their life.
“Making a pot – visualising a shape in your mind and then re-creating it with your hands – can be almost magically fulfilling,” he added.
Keith also said pottery is a way in which people can “connect directly with a natural material that humankind has been using since we
learnt how to stand up”.
“As the clay slides through your fingers, you are touching a substance that has been on the Earth for almost as long as time itself.
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“Making something with your hands, connecting with the clay, builds confidence in your creative abilities, and that stays with you for the rest of your life.”
Many will remember their art classes in high school where they were given a chance to work with the material.
“I believe it’s not, perhaps, the act of pottery directly or the fact that they made a pot that has been so indelibly imprinted on their consciousness, but how they felt in those moments at the wheel,” Keith poetically said to Radio Times.
“The undeniable feeling of one’s head, heart, and hands working in harmony – to make a pot.”
In tonight’s episode, the 12 amateur artists will be tasked with two challenges against the clock.
To begin with, they will have to throw a cheese set and then make port chalices.
But who will impress the judges enough to stay in the competition?
The Great Pottery Throw Down airs tonight at 19.45 on Channel 4.
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