The Great Pottery Throw Down

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The Great Pottery Throw Down
The Great Pottery Throw Down Title Card.jpg
GenreReality
Presented bySara Cox
Melanie Sykes
Siobhán McSweeney
JudgesKeith Brymer Jones
Kate Malone
Sue Pryke
Richard Miller
Opening theme"I Can't Explain" by The Who (Series 1)
"Making Time" by The Creation (Series 2-)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes34
Production
Production locationsMiddleport Pottery, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent, UK (2015-2020)
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom (2021-)
Running time60 minutes
Production companyLove Productions
Distributor
BBC Worldwide

HBO Max (United States)

Release
Original networkBBC Two
More4
Channel 4
Picture format16:9
Audio formatStereo
Original release3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Great British Bake Off
The Great British Sewing Bee
External links
Channel 4 Website
BBC Website

Great Pottery Throw Down is a British television competition programme first broadcast on BBC Two from 3 November 2015. It is a contest in the style of The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee but with the craft of pottery rather than baking or sewing.

For the first two seasons, the presenter was Sara Cox and the expert judges were Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones.[1][2] Also appearing across all three series is 'kiln man Rich', Richard Miller, who acts as show's behind-the-scenes technician.[3]

Having been axed by the BBC in 2018, the show returned in January 2020 with a third series on Channel 4's More4, with Brymer Jones continuing as a judge, and Melanie Sykes as new host.[4][5][6] A fourth series started on Channel 4 in January 2021 with Brymer Jones returning along with new host Siobhán McSweeney and Richard Miller stepping up to become a judge.[7]

In July 2020, HBO Max secured the rights to distribute the show in the United States, where it premiered on 17 September 2020.[8]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Premiere Finale Winner Average UK viewers
(millions)
1 6 3 November 2015 8 December 2015 Matthew 2.39
2 8 2 February 2017 23 March 2017 Ryan 3.34
3 10 8 January 2020 11 March 2020 Rosa TBA
4 10 10 January 2021 14 March 2021 TBA TBA

Series 1 (2015)[edit]

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
James 31 Vet Bristol
Jane 40 College tutor North Wales
Jim 52 Part-time painter and decorator Bognor Regis
Joanna 42 Parish Councillor West Sussex
Matthew 23 Teacher Giggleswick
Nigel 52 Builder Bakewell
Rekha 49 Conceptual artist Buckinghamshire
Sally-Jo 33 Interior designer Petersfield
Sandra 52 Project Manager Leeds
Tom 41 Retired Army Major Gloucestershire

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4 5 6
Matthew BP Winner
Jim BP Finalist
Sally-Jo Finalist
Tom BP Finalist
Jane OUT
Sandra OUT
James OUT
Joanna LEFT
Nigel OUT
Rekha OUT

Colour key:

  Potter was eliminated
  Potter won Pot of the Week
  Potter walked from the series
  Potter got through to the next round
  Potter was one of the least favourite
  Potter was one of the favourites
  Potter was a series finalist
  Potter was the series winner

Episodes[edit]

  Potter was eliminated
  Potter walked from the series
  Top Potter
  Winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
5 Stackable Kitchen Bowls Pulling Handles Egg Cups
James N/A 6th 23
Jane 7th 28
Jim 2nd 32
Joanna 4th 18
Matthew 5th 28
Nigel 8th 23
Rekha 9th 19
Sally-Jo 3rd 31
Sandra 10th 20
Tom 1st 36

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Decorative Hand Basin Surface Tile Design Tallest Cylinder
James N/A 9th 15 cm
Jane 2nd 20 cm
Jim 6th 19 cm
Joanna 7th 17.5 cm
Matthew 1st 22 cm
Nigel 8th 13 cm
Sally-Jo 5th 12 cm
Sandra 3rd 18 cm
Tom 4th 20 cm

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Long-necked Raku Vases Slip Decoration Ornate Candlestick Copies
James N/A 4th 6th
Jane 6th 5th
Jim 5th 3rd
Joanna
Matthew 3rd 1st
Sally-Jo 2nd 7th
Sandra 6th 4th
Tom 1st 1st

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
5ft Slab-Built Garden Sculpture Strawberry Pot Widest Plate
Jane N/A 5th 33 cm
6th
Jim 1st 36 cm
5th
Matthew 4th 36.5 cm
1st
Sally-Jo 3rd 32 cm
4th
Sandra 6th 34 cm
3rd
Tom 2nd 35 cm
2nd

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Bone China Chandelier Banding Closed Sphere
Jane N/A 2nd 4th
Jim 1st 1st
Matthew 5th 2nd
Sally-Jo 4th 5th
Tom 3rd 3rd

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
12-piece Porcelain Tea set The Devil's Work High-shouldered Jugs
Jim N/A 4th 4th
Matthew 2nd 2nd
Sally-Jo 1st 3rd
Tom 3rd 1st

Series 2 (2017)[edit]

The second series began on 2 February 2017 on BBC Two. Some episodes had a guest judge, including Emma Bridgewater (episode 1) and Johnny Vegas (episode 7).[citation needed]

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
Cáit 31 Quaker Meeting House worker Reading
Carole 63 Pottery Teacher Hertfordshire
Clover 33 Accountant and Part-time Illustrator London
Daniel 55 Mortgage adviser Hampshire
Elaine 55 Banana import business owner Buckinghamshire
Freya 24 Student London
James 25 Tour guide in National Glass Centre Newcastle upon Tyne
Nam 27 Cage fighter and Kick boxer London
Richard 53 Pub landlord Banbury
Ryan 30 Model Ipswich

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4 5[a] 6 7 8
Ryan BP BP Winner
Clover BP Runner-up
Richard BP Runner-up
Freya BP OUT
Cáit OUT
Nam BP OUT
Elaine BP OUT
James OUT
Daniel OUT
Carole OUT

[a] Because the judges were unable to agree, no-one was eliminated this week. As a result, two potters were eliminated the following week.

Colour key:

  Potter was eliminated
  Potter won Pot of the Week
  Potter walked from the series
  Potter got through to the next round
  Potter was one of the least favourite
  Potter was one of the favourites
  Potter was a series finalist
  Potter was the series winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
16-Piece Dinner Set Sponge Decorating Tallest Cone
Cáit Art Print Dinner Set 7th 10th
Carole Lake Dinner Set 5th 9th
Clover Chinese Dinner Set 2nd 7th
Daniel Flower Dinner Set 10th 8th
Elaine Fruit Dinner Set 8th 2nd
Freya Floral Dinner Set 1st 5th
James Industrial Dinner Set 4th 4th
Nam Gaming Dinner Set 6th 6th
Richard Royalty Dinner Set 9th 3rd
Ryan Motif Dinner Set 3rd 1st

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Clock Pulling Handles Double-Walled Pot
Cáit Owl 6th 7th
Clover Tree of Life 8th 3rd
Daniel The Cog Clock 2nd 9th
Elaine Patchwork Clock 1st 8th
Freya Mother Time 4th 4th
James Urban Decay 9th 6th
Nam Time Flies 3rd 5th
Richard 17th Century Harvest Jug 7th 1st
Ryan Geometric Clock 5th 2nd

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Japanese Sake Set Lantern Carving Rice Bowls
Cáit The Bottle Kiln 8th 6
Clover Kyūdō 3rd 12
Elaine Buttons 2nd 8
Freya Simple Sake 4th 10
James Japanese Tattoo 1st 6
Nam Kung Fu Fighting 7th 13
Richard Sake Spout 6th 8
Ryan The Sake Trail 5th 11

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Water Feature 12 Roses Flower Pots
Cáit Homage to Reuben 1st 7th
Clover The Lotus Flower 2nd 4th
Elaine Brighton Pavilion 4th 2nd
Freya The Fruit Tree 3rd 1st
Nam Sea Creatures 5th 3rd
Richard Aztec Temple 7th 6th
Ryan Seven Discs 6th 5th

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Pit Fired Vase Hand-building Jugs Goblets
Cáit Water Pot Vase 1st 4
Clover Delicate Vase 3rd 6
Freya African Drum Vase 2nd 8
Nam Moon Jar 5th 8
Richard Contemporary Vase 6th 6
Ryan Round Belly Vase 4th 5

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Russian Dolls Sgraffito Widest Bowl Blindfolded
Cáit There Was An Old Lady 5th 3rd
Clover Eco Animals 1st 6th
Freya Talking Heads 6th 4th
Nam Lotus Pods 3rd 5th
Richard Organ Jars 4th 1st
Ryan Fisherman's Tail 2nd 2nd

Episode 7[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Toilet Original Piece 1-Minute Teapots
Clover Stained Glass Toilet 3rd 3rd
Freya Mother Nature Toilet 2nd 1st
Richard Victorian Meadow Toilet 4th 2nd
Ryan Turtle Toilet 1st 4th

Episode 8[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test Throw Down
Porcelain Lights Torso Sculpting Japanese Lanterns
Clover The Honey Bee 3rd 2nd
Richard Autumn Fall 2nd 3rd
Ryan The Church Organ 1st 1st

Series 3 (2020)[edit]

After almost a three-year hiatus, the third series began on 8 January 2020 on More4 with new judge Sue Pryke and new host Melanie Sykes.

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
Claire 29 Warehouse operative County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Flea 33 Full-time mother London
Jacob 23 Studio potter Liverpool
Kit 19 Home potter Cornwall
Leonard 70 Retired company director Cornwall
Matt 30 Professional cycling manager Greater Manchester
Rainna 27 Full-time carer Kent
Ronaldo 31 Art college technician and part time tutor London
Rosa 43 Full-time mother and former fashion designer Buckinghamshire
Rosalind 59 Retired antique shop owner Essex
Sampada 26 Craft assistant and illustrator London
Tom 39 Composer and music teacher Sheffield

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Rosa BP Winner
Jacob BP BP BP Runner-up
Matt BP Runner-up
Claire BP BP BP OUT
Rosalind BP OUT
Ronaldo OUT
Rainna BP OUT
Flea OUT
Leonard OUT
Kit OUT
Sampada OUT
Tom OUT

Colour key:

  Potter was eliminated
  Potter won Pot of the Week
  Potter walked from the series
  Potter got through to the next round
  Potter was one of the least favourite
  Potter was one of the favourites
  Potter was a series finalist
  Potter was the series winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Breakfast Set Egg Cups
Claire 'Lily Pads' Breakfast Set 13
Flea 'Moroccan' Breakfast Set 20
Jacob 'Liverpool Skyline’ Breakfast Set 12
Kit 'Cornish Crockery' Breakfast Set 8
Leonard 'Sailing' Breakfast Set 12
Matt 'Minimalist' Breakfast Set 14
Rainna 'Cogs and Rivets' Breakfast Set 13
Ronaldo 'Coconut Trees' Breakfast Set 13
Rosa 'Flora and Fauna' Breakfast Set 13
Rosalind 'Chickens' Breakfast Set 10
Sampada Asian Illustrative Breakfast Set 10
Tom 'Songs' Breakfast Set 15

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Chess Set 3 Miniature Vases
Claire Classical Chess Set 2nd
Flea Reef Chess Set 5th
Jacob Chinese Dragon & Phoenix Chess Set 6th
Kit Cornish and Devonshire Flags Chess Set 3rd
Leonard Underwater Chess Set 11th
Matt Abstract Black & White Chess Set 1st
Rainna Garden Chess Set 4th
Ronaldo Bajan Chess Set 8th
Rosa Podgy and Snooty Chess Set 10th
Rosalind Vintage Chess Set 9th
Sampada Light & Dark Chess Set 7th

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
2 Animal Figurines Nerikomi
Claire Elephant & Calf 10th
Flea Dove & Hatchling 5th
Jacob Fox & Cub 4th
Kit Rabbit & Kit 9th
Leonard Fish & Fry 2nd
Matt Penguin & Chick 1st
Rainna Penguin & Chick 8th
Ronaldo Monkey & Infant 7th
Rosa Duck & Duckling 6th
Rosalind Fox & Cub 3rd

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
2 Slip Cast Multi-Coloured Vases Widest Bowl Blindfolded
Claire Feather 5th
Flea The Flower Iris 6th
Jacob Oriental Duo 3rd
Leonard Dahlia Flower Vases 2nd
Matt Marbles 4th
Rainna Dover Coastline 8th
Ronaldo Landscape Tower 1st
Rosa Mother & Child 7th
Rosalind Owls 9th

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
2 Lamp Bases Handwriting
Claire Grecian 8th
Flea Calabashes 3rd
Jacob Shipwrecked 4th
Matt Chattering 5th
Rainna Wild West Heads 2nd
Ronaldo Diamonds 7th
Rosa Beach Pebbles 1st
Rosalind Knitting Sheep 6th

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Nude Greek Sculpture Amphora
Claire Aphrodite Statue 1st
Jacob Adonis Statue 3rd
Matt Aphrodite Statue 2nd
Rainna Adonis Statue N/A[a]
Ronaldo Aphrodite Statue 5th
Rosa Adonis Statue 4th
Rosalind Aphrodite Statue 6th

[a] Rainna injured herself during the Throw Down and was unable to complete the challenge.

Episode 7[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
40 Fireplace Tiles Chimney Pot
Claire Art Deco Style Fireplace Tiles 3rd
Jacob Chinese Proverb Fireplace Tiles 2nd
Matt Manchester Bee Fireplace Tiles 1st
Ronaldo Golden Ratio Fireplace Tiles 4th
Rosa Scandi Fireplace Tiles 5th
Rosalind Pond Life Fireplace Tiles 6th

Episode 8[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
2 Pit-Fired Ginger Jars Sgraffito
Claire Scalloped Classic Ginger Jars 1st
Jacob Classic Ginger Jars 3rd
Matt Geometric Ginger Jars 5th
Rosa Male and Female Carp Ginger Jars 1st
Rosalind Oriental-style Ginger Jars 4th

Episode 9[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
Toilet Tissue Transferring
Claire Trophy Toilet 3rd
Jacob Toadstool Toilet 4th
Matt Teacup Toilet 1st
Rosa Garden Toilet 2nd

Episode 10[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Mad Hatter Tea Set 3 Rimmed Bowls on Kick-Wheel
Jacob Jabberwocky Tea Set 1st
Matt Topsy-Turvy Tea Set 3rd
Rosa Alice in Wonderland Tea Set 2nd

Series 4 (2021)[edit]

In 2021 the series returned to the main Channel 4 network, on Sunday evenings. Broadcasts started on January 10, with Keith Brymer returning as a judge, and with Rich Miller moving from running the kilns to become the second judge.[9] Siobhan McSweeney joined the series as the main presenter.[10] Rose Schmits took over running the kilns.[11]

Potters[edit]

Potter Age Occupation Hometown
Adam 36 Support worker Brighton
Alon 20 Architecture student London
Ara 57 Retired theatre wardrobe manager Folkstone
Hannah 30 Housing project manager Bristol
Henry 25 Retirement home activities organiser Suffolk
Irina 43 Executive ground staff Essex
Jodie 35 NHS scrub nurse Rhondda Valley
Lee 44 Community nurse Huddersfield
Peter 70 Design and technology teacher Milton Keynes
Sally ‘Sal’ 58 Art and design teacher Cornwall
Shenyue 28 Model London
Susan ‘Suz’ 55 Library assistant Aberdeenshire

Results summary[edit]

Elimination chart
Potter 1 2 3 4[a] 5 6 7 8 9 10
Adam BP
Jodie BP BP
Peter BP
Hannah BP OUT
Sal BP BP OUT
Alon BP OUT
Henry OUT
Shenyue BP OUT
Lee OUT
Suz OUT
Irina OUT
Ara OUT

[a] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, filming ceased for 7 days to ensure the safety of the potters and crew. As a result, the judges decided not to eliminate anyone.

Colour key:

  Potter was eliminated
  Potter won Pot of the Week
  Potter walked from the series
  Potter got through to the next round
  Potter was one of the least favourite
  Potter was one of the favourites
  Potter was a series finalist
  Potter was the series winner

Episode 1[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Cheese Set Port Chalices
Adam Aged Like A Fine Cheese 6
Alon Oak 6
Ara Zen Cheese Set 5
Hannah Lunch With Grandad 5
Henry I Do Like To Brie Beside The Seaside 4
Irina Blue Cheese Set 6
Jodie Dark Desert Highway 8 (2nd)
Lee Cheesy Bees 5
Peter Gatsby 5
Sal My Dog Loves Cheese 8 (1st)
Shenyue A Starry Night 8 (3rd)
Suz All Treasure Is Not Gold 5

Episode 2[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
3D Building 10 Bricks
Adam Little Gardeners 9th
Alon Beaching City 1st
Hannah The Bakery 7th
Henry Falmouth Feeling 2nd
Irina Glowing House 11th
Jodie Casablanca Lighthouse 8th
Lee Mills of Huddersfield 5th
Peter Casa De Curvas 3rd
Sal Cornish Engine House 4th
Shenyue Emmanuel College 6th
Suz Butlers, Bears and Boats 10th

Episode 3[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Fruit Bowl Carafe and 4 Beakers Blindfolded
Adam Garden Celebrations 5th
Alon Small Fruit In A World Of Big Bowls 4th
Hannah Fruits I Ate 6th
Henry Boys Will Be Boys 2nd
Jodie Polynesian Paradise 9th
Lee From The Vine 7th
Peter Farm Shop 8th
Sal I Can Sing A Rainbow 3rd
Shenyue I’m No Alan Titchmarsh 1st
Suz Heart Of The Forest 10th

Episode 4[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
2 Naked Raku Bulbous Vases 3 Bone China Daisies
Adam They'd Run Through Fire For Us 2nd
Alon Twisted Obvara Vases 4th
Hannah Some Ducks 1st
Henry Budgie Smuggling 5th
Jodie Artemis & Athena 6th
Lee Seedspiration 7th
Peter Seaweed Buoys 9th
Sal Four Hairs And An Emu 3rd
Shenyue A New Beginning 8th

Episode 5[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
Musical Legend Bust Mini Musical Instrument
Adam Ozzy Osbourne 1st
Alon Bruce Springsteen 4th
Hannah Dolly Parton 2nd
Henry Ozzy Osbourne 6th
Jodie Dame Shirley Bassey 3rd
Lee Dolly Parton 8th
Peter Sir Tom Jones 5th
Sal Dame Shirley Bassey 9th
Shenyue Ed Sheeran 7th

Episode 6[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
Terracotta Cookware Set 6 Engraved Tiles
Adam Family Life: Past, Present & Future 3rd
Alon Lucky Lizards 7th
Hannah Walks In Lisbon 6th
Henry Terracotta Tattoos 8th
Jodie Slip Back In Time 2nd
Peter The Deep South 5th
Sal Cooking In, U, It 1st
Shenyue The Wabi-sabi Set 4th

Episode 7[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
Animal Water Feature Strawberry Planter
Adam Sea Monsters 7th
Alon Okapi 3rd
Hannah Dad's Macaw 6th
Henry Bin There, Done That 1st
Jodie Wolf Spirit 5th
Peter Blood Is Thicker Than Water 4th
Sal A Flamboyant Nude 2nd

Episode 8[edit]

Potter Main Make Throw Down
2 Native American Acoma Pots Alabama Ring Bottle
Adam The Acoma Treasure 3rd
Alon Fold 2nd
Hannah Dazzle Pots 5th
Jodie Honouring our NHS 6th
Peter Reflections of White Rock 4th
Sal Homeland 1st

Episode 9[edit]

Potter Main Make Spot Test
Pedestal Sink Chamber Pot
Adam Mythical Ideas Made Real 1st
Hannah A Place To Wash 3rd
Jodie Learn To Fly 2nd
Peter The Ship That Flew 4th

Ratings[edit]

Series 1[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Two
weekly
ranking[12]
1 3 November 2015 (2015-11-03) 2,245,000 8
2 10 November 2015 (2015-11-10) 2,402,000 10
3 17 November 2015 (2015-11-17) 2,437,000 7
4 24 November 2015 (2015-11-24) 2,160,000 11
5 1 December 2015 (2015-12-01) 2,354,000 7
6 8 December 2015 (2015-12-08) 2,530,000 7

Series 2[edit]

Episode
no.
Airdate Viewers BBC Two
weekly
ranking[13]
1 2 February 2017 2,197,000 5
2 9 February 2017 2,387,000 5
3 16 February 2017 2,373,000 4
4 23 February 2017 2,578,000 3
5 2 March 2017 2,604,000 4
6 9 March 2017 2,576,000 4
7 16 March 2017 3,140,000 1
8 23 March 2017 3,340,000 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alastair McKay (6 November 2015), "Catch up TV: The Great British Pottery Throw Down", Evening Standard
  2. ^ Tim Dowling (11 November 2015), "The Great Pottery Throw Down review: if your pot doesn't make the judge cry, you aren't trying hard enough", The Guardian
  3. ^ "When pottery gets political…". Stratford-upon-Avon Herald. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ Methven, Nicola (20 July 2018). "The Great Pottery Throwdown has been axed by the BBC amidst 'sour grapes' rumour". mirror. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  5. ^ "The Great Pottery Throw Down | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  6. ^ Ault, Richard (22 May 2019). "The Great Pottery Throw Down is coming back (& you could be on the show)". stokesentinel. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  7. ^ "The Great Pottery Throw Down". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Great Pottery Throw Down HBO Max Trailer". www.thewrap.com. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  9. ^ "The Great Pottery Throwdown - All 4". channel4.com. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  10. ^ "The Great Pottery Throwdown - Episode Guide - All 4". channel4.com. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Who is trans potter Rose Schmits? Meet The Great Pottery Throw Down's brand new kiln girl".
  12. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Weekly Top 10 Programmes". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 24 February 2017.

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