The Great Pottery Throwdown – filmed here in Stoke-on-Trent – is back to keep us entertained during lockdown.
The first episode of season four will air on today (Sunday, January 10) at 7.45pm on Channel 4, running for 10 weeks.
Twelve talented potters taking part in the show have been introduced on the Great Pottery Throwdown social media channels – but who will be crowned the winner in March?
Their first challenge will see them create a cheese set and port chalices to kick off the battle of the clay.
Here’s everything we know about The Great Pottery Throwdown so far:
Up to now, the potters have only been introduced on a first name basis. In 2021, competing for top potter, we have:
- Adam – A support worker who turned to clay whilst recovering from a car accident. He loves hand building and is particularly inspired by the sea
- Alon – An architecture student raised in Israel. He’s the family resident chef and creates meals based on his heritage
- Ara – A retired theatre wardrobe manager who likes to accessories his pots with studs, nuts and bolts, inspired by his costume days
- Hannah – Community-spirited, she has developed her ceramics skills by learning through ‘osmosis’ whilst volunteering at a pottery studio
- Henry – An activities organiser in a residential home, who taught himself to throw on a disused kick wheel
- Irina – Irina loves aviation, and her partner and son are both private pilots, working herself as executive ground staff for a private jet company. He likes to throw feminine, floral, romantic vases
- Jodie – An NHS scrub nurse who also trains for triathlons and ironman contests. She took up pottery two years ago when looking for a winter activity
- Lee – A community nurse, crafter and hobbyist. He learned pottery from a friend three years ago
- Peter – Just before turning 50 years old, Peter went back to university to do a ceramics course and has been teaching visual arts for almost 20 years
- Sally – A former graphic designer, Sally used to call potters ‘mudslingers’ before she became one herself, and now loves being covered in clay
- Shenyue – Only discovering pottery in the last year, Shenyue has ditched the corporate world for the creative to follow her passion of ceramics
- Susan – A library assistant who was roped into DIY and painting as a child
Who are the judges?
This year, The Great Pottery Throwdown welcomes new judges and presenters. Judge Sue Pryke has left the show, and will be replaced by Rich Miller – also known as ‘Kiln Man Rich.’
Richard has been a technician on the show behind the scenes, so knows everything there is to know about pottery technique. He’ll be joining Keith Brymer Jones, who has judged the show since season one.
Presenter Melanie Sykes has also waved goodbye to the show, and Derry Girls’ Siobhan McSweeney will take her place.
Posting to social media, Siobhan said: “As a genuine fan of the show, you can imagine my delight when I was asked to present the next series of The Great pottery Throwdown.
“Despite assuring them I have no idea what I’m doing, Keith, Rich and the team have welcomed me to the fold with open arms.
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“My calm and composed appearance on Bake Off has given me an insight into the pressures of these competitions, and I’m looking forward to comforting and cheering on our marvellous potters.
“I’m very excited for this new adventure, and plan on having, and bringing, a lot of fun to the wheel.”
Where to watch The Great Pottery Throwdown
The show will be aired every Sunday at 7.45pm from January 10 to March 14 on Channel 4. If you miss the show, you can catch up with Channel 4 on-demand online!