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The Great Pottery Throw Down

The Great Pottery Throw Down

BBC Two 2015

Set in the heart of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent, the search for a top home potter begins.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Great Pottery Throw Down

The Great Pottery Throw Down - S4E3

#1 - Fruit Bowls & a Blindfolded Throw Down

9.00

Season 4 - Episode 3

The 10 remaining potters are challenged to make a bowl full of realistic ceramic fruits, and face a blindfolded throw down with a twist, as judges Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones decide who will be named potter of the week and who will be heading home. Siobhan McSweeney hosts.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 6 votes.

#2 - Episode 8

8.42

Season 2 - Episode 8

It is the grand final and the three remaining potters have just a hat trick of challenges left before one is crowned the winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down. For their final throw down, the potters have ten minutes to make as many Japanese lanterns as they can. Not only that, but they have to throw them the Japanese way - with the wheel turning clockwise, the opposite of what they are used to. For the spot test, the potters must sculpt the torso of a special guest, ice dancer Sylvain Longchambon. For their main make, Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones give the potters their hardest task yet. They want them to make a pair of identical, fully functioning light features. To truly test their ability, they are making them out of porcelain - the white and delicate clay is the trickiest to work with. After eight episodes and 24 gruelling challenges, who will be crowned the winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down?

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 26 votes.

The Great Pottery Throw Down - S4E4

#3 - Naked Raku & a Floral Challenge

8.25

Season 4 - Episode 4

It's naked raku week in the pottery, as the potters throw, burnish and fire a pair of vases to impress judges Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones. In the spot test, guest judge and flower-making expert Rita Floyd sets a floral challenge, but who will be named potter of the week, and who will leave the pottery?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 4 votes.

The Great Pottery Throw Down - S4E1

#4 - Cheese Set & Port Chalices

8.22

Season 4 - Episode 1

Judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller set the twelve new potters two challenges against the clock: to throw a cheese set and port chalices, as the battle of clay kicks off at the wheel

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 9 votes.

#5 - Episode 7

8.19

Season 2 - Episode 7

It is semi-final week in Stoke-on-Trent and just four potters remain, determined to take their place in the final. In a very special throw down, one of the UK's most loved comedians Johnny Vegas replaces Keith Brymer Jones at the wheel. Johnny, a former pupil of Kate Malone, demonstrates how to throw a fully functioning teapot in just one minute. The potters are given five minutes to throw five. In a spot test with a difference, the potters can make anything they like. But whatever they choose, it must be a signature piece to wow the judges. For their main make, the potters face their biggest and most complicated challenge so far - to hand build and decorate a fully functioning toilet over four gruelling days. Who will survive and make it to the final? Whose toilet will be exhibited in the Pot of the Week gallery? And who will be flushed out of the pottery?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 26 votes.

The Great Pottery Throw Down - S3E10
#6 - Final - Mad Hatter's Tea Set
8.17
Season 3 - Episode 10

The three finalists go head-to-head as they face their toughest challenges so far, including making a tea set inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party. Finally, the amateur potters embark on a throwing challenge not for the faint-hearted, before one of them is crowned the winner.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 12 votes.

#7 - Episode 6
8.15
Season 1 - Episode 6

It is the grand final and the four remaining potters have just three tests left before one is crowned the winner of the Great Pottery Throw Down. For their main make, Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones serve up their hardest task yet for the potters - a mark of how far they have come. They want each potter to make an original twelve-piece tea set out of porcelain, a true test of a potter's skills. The teapot is the toughest item to make, with a body, spout and lid, while the white and delicate porcelain is known as the trickiest of all clays to work with. The other tests don't get much easier. They face a spot test from hell when they must cut intricate and decorative designs into leather-hard porcelain vases using a technique known as 'the devil's work'. For the final throw down, they have just 20 minutes to make three high-shouldered jugs - one of the hardest shapes to throw at the wheel.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 26 votes.

#8 - Episode 6
8.15
Season 2 - Episode 6

It is the quarter-final and two potters will be sent home. In the throw down, the potters have just ten minutes at the wheel to throw the widest bowl they can while blindfolded. For their spot test, they must carve a pattern onto the surface of a Greek urn using the centuries-old technique of sgraffito. Derived from the Italian word for scratched, sgraffito involves etching through a layer of coloured clay to reveal a contrasting colour beneath. In the main make, the potters must hand coil and decorate four Russian nesting dolls. The top and bottom of each doll must slot together using a flange and gallery connection and the four must stack inside each other seamlessly. Who will clinch their place in the semi-final and which two potters will be walking the cobbles home?

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 26 votes.

The Great Pottery Throw Down - S4E2
#9 - 3D Slab-Build & Handmade Bricks
8.14
Season 4 - Episode 2

It's all about bricks and mortar, as the 11 remaining potters slab-build a 3D building and in a Throw Down first, judge Rich Miller tasks the potters with handmaking bricks

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 7 votes.

#10 - Episode 4
8.12
Season 2 - Episode 4

Week four is garden week, where judges Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone challenge the seven remaining potters to make stunning ceramics for the great outdoors. In the throw down, the potters have just 15 minutes at the wheel to make a large, medium and small flower pot - each with a folded rim. For the spot test, the potters must hand build a dozen roses in one hour. To ratchet up the pressure, they are watched by surprise guest judge Paul Cummins MBE, the ceramic artist behind the Seas of Red poppy display at the Tower of London. And in a monumental main make, the potters have to tackle their biggest challenge so far - throwing and decorating a fully functioning water feature complete with pump. But whose pot will take the 4th plinth in the winners' gallery? And who will prove a washout and have to leave the competition?

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down from 25 votes.

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