The Great Pottery Throw Down 2021: Everything you need to know

The Great British Pottery Throw Down has returned for series 4 and we've got all the who, what, where and whens so you never miss an episode.

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The Great Pottery Throw Down is back! 2021 welcomes new judges, presenters and contestants but we can guarantee the level of talent will be even higher this year. We’ve created a complete guide to the Great Pottery Throw Down so you can know where and when it’ll be airing. Get your clay at the ready, it’s time to make.

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Siobhan McSweeney, Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

What channel is the Great Pottery Throw Down on?

The Great Pottery Throw Down is aired on Channel 4. The original two seasons were aired on BBC 2 in 2015 and 2017. The show was then bought by Channel 4 and has been a huge success ever since.

What time is the Great Pottery Throw Down on TV?

The Great Pottery Throw Down will be aired on Sunday 10th January 2021 at 7.45 pm. Make sure you add it to your calendar! It will then be on every Sunday at 7.45 pm for 10 weeks meaning you’ll have pottery goodness from the 10th January all the way through to the 14th March 2021. 

Where to watch The Great Pottery Throw Down online?

You can watch The Great Pottery Throw Down series 4 on Channel 4’s on-demand streaming service. You’ll be able to watch the show live online as long as you have a TV license. Alternatively, each episode will be uploaded to channel 4 after the program airs meaning you can catch up with each episode whenever you like! You can also watch all the episodes from The Great Pottery Throw Down 2020 on channel 4 online.

Where is the Great Pottery Throwdown filmed?

The Great Pottery Throw Down is filmed in Stoke-on-Trent, a city at the heart of the UK which is known for its pottery industry.

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Photo credit: House Wares Live

The Great Pottery Throwdown Series 4: What to expect

A whole new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down is here and it’s better than ever. There will be 12 contestants from across the country battling out for the top prize of Britians potter! There will be even more challenging tasks which will test the potter’s creativity, skill and technique.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 will feature a new cast with both the judge Sue Pryke and presenter Melaine Sykes leaving the show. We say goodbye to last years host Melanie Sykes and welcome Irish actress Siobhan McSweeney instead. A potting novice, you may know Siobhán from hit show Derry Girls where she played the hilarious Sister Michael. We think she’s going to make a great addition to the show and we can’t wait to see what she makes of the potters.

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Siobhan McSweeney. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Who is the new Pottery Throwdown technician?

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Rose Schmits. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Rose Schmits is the new pottery technician for The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 taking over from Rich Miller. Rose is from the Netherlands and says the practice of pottery is “a metaphor for the trans experience”. Her beautiful pottery takes all different forms often featuring abstract shapes with trans activism slogans. From her personal website she says:

My ceramic practice is a way for me to delve into my identity as a trans woman from Delft, the Netherlands. Using the Delftware pottery technique to create pieces that reflect my experiences as a trans person having altered my body and identity allows me to gain ownership of the struggles of transitioning as well as remember where I came from.
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You can see some of Rose’s incredible pottery over on her Instagram page and Etsy shop. We’re so excited that she’s the new technician for this year’s Pottery Throwdown and her knowledge of the kiln and clay has already proved invaluable.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Judges

Last year the amazing home designer Sue Pryke judged alongside the nation’s sweetheart Keith Brymer Jones. This year Rich Miller, otherwise known as ‘kiln man Rich’, is taking over Sue’s spot as a judge. Richard has been the show’s behind-the-scenes technician for the last few years which means he’s got an eagle-eye for the technical accuracy and techniques used in pottery.

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Richard Miller. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

We interviewed Keith Brymer Jones back in 2020 about his love for pottery. He’s an incredibly talented man and we love how emotional he gets at the contestant’s creations! Read our interview with Keith Brymer Jones to learn more about the behind-the-scenes action at the throwdown HQ.

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Keith Brymer Jones. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Meet The Great Pottery Throw Down 2021 contestants

There’s a whole bunch of beautiful new potters for this year’s competition. The Great Pottery Throwdown’s Twitter account @PotteryThrowdown shared a little bit of information about each contestant so you can to know them ahead of the show. Keep scrolling to meet all the 2021 contestants and head to their Twitter for all the show’s live updates.

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The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Hannah

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Hannah. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Hannah

Susan

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Susan. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

A creator of pottery that has story, emotion and illustration, Sus is a pottery legend who made us laugh throughout the show. She had her fair share of disasters and unfinished pieces but she bought pure delight with her Treasure Island inspired characters and magical Scottish castle. Sus went out of the competition in week three.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Susan

Alon

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Alon. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Alon

Sally

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Sally. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Sally

Ara

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Ara. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Alon was the first potter to leave The Great Pottery Throwdown. His pottery is inspired by his theatrical background and his cheese set in the first week was set to be a simple white dome with a flower handle. Unfortunately, Alon’s white glaze was too thick causing the set to meld together which ultimate sent him home.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Ara

Adam

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Adam. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Adam

Irina

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Irina. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Irina was the second potter to leave The Great Pottery Throwdown. She created beautifully delicate pieces which were inspired by her love of roses, floral and pastels. She also takes great inspiration from her homeland of Russia. We loved her delicate cheese set which had rose handles but it was her blue houses lack of thoughtful lighting and glaze which sent her home.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Irina

Peter

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Peter. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Peter

Henry

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Henry. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Henry

Shenyue

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Shenyue. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Shenyue

Lee

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Lee. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Lee

Jodie

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Jodie. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 Jodie

The Great Pottery Throwdown Episode Guide

Pottery Throwdown episode 1: Cheese Set & Port Chalices

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The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 episode one. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

The first episode of The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 has aired and what an episode it was. There were unique cheese sets, 15-minute throwing challenges and a whole lot of emotion. Keith showed the potters how it’s done with his port chalice tutorial but 15 minutes to create more that one is trickier than it looks especially with Siobhán shouting at you! And for those cheese sets… well as Susan said ‘everything is in the hands of the kiln gods.’

Highlights: Potter of the week, the lovely Sal with her beautiful port chalices and emotional reaction, we would have cried too Keith. The potters all helping one another to get finished and Jodie’s gorgeous road trip cheese set. Shout out to Alon’s metallic acorns and Lee’s bumblebee form.

Lowlights: Keith’s savage binning of the potters port chalices and Susan’s unfinished treasure island cheese set. But it was poor Ara’s fused lids then meant he was sent home.

Quote of the episode: “Tell you what I’m going to have a glass of wine tonight’ – Lee, that’s us every time we complete a project too…

If you’re feeling inspired by the throwdown then check out our Pottery section here on Gathered. We’ve got loads of simple pottery makes to introduce into the world of ceramics like these clay salt spoons and DIY coasters in a funky terrazzo style.

The Great Pottery Throwdown 2021 episode 2

Episode two has hit your screens and was full of beauty, disaster and of course, Keith crying. The potters were tasked with the most ambitious challenge in the history of the Pottery Throwdown and it was the battle of the bricks with the newly named Bricky Ricky’s throwing challenge. Everything from mums afro comb to cutlery was used this week and they resulted in some rather magical buildings.

Highlights: Hannah representing our hometown of Bristol with her mini dragon, Siobhan yelling at everyone to hurry up but it was Jodie’s Moroccan masterpiece and Adam’s magical fairy castle stole our hearts.

Lowlights: Alon’s “technical disaster” of a whale and waving goodbye to the lovely Irina. Her beautiful, delicate pottery will be missed.

Quote of the episode: “I really want to stay and keep doing crazy things” – We’re glad you’re still in Alon and we can’t wait to see what wacky creation you make next.

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Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones. Mark Bourdillon/ Love Productions

Each week just gets harder and harder for the potters – a blindfold challenge and a realistic fruit making challenge!? Keith and Rich are not going easy on the contestants this year. There were genius tools used once again (shoutout to Henry’s twig and Adam’s bubbles), some gorgeous fruit bowls and some all-important carafes with matching glasses. We’ll be needing them this lockdown…

Highlights: We love seeing the improvement in some of the younger potters and both Shenuye and Henry are improving every episode. It was Shenyue’s neat carafe and gorgeous orange fruit bowl that secured her potter of the week.

Lowlights: Alon’s abstract bowl didn’t impress the judges and there was some unfinished fruit in the pottery room. We said goodbye to the lovely Sus which was a sad moment for all the potters and all of us at home.

Quote of the episode: “…it’s me and my brother obviously” – Anyone else loved Henry’s cheeky fruit bowl??

The next episode of The Great Pottery Throwdown will be on your screens January 31st at 7:45 pm.

2020’s Great Pottery Throwdown winner

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Sue, Keith and Mel congratulate Rosa on her win. Credit: Channel 4 / Love Productions

Last year the incredibly talented Rosa Wiland Holmes won The Great Pottery Throwdown with her stunning Alice in Wonderland tea set which stole the show. Rosa, a businesswoman from Great Brickhill, inspired us all and we just had to interview her to get the low down on what it’s really like to be on the show. Meet The Great Pottery Throwdown’s 2020 winner and read all her highlights in our interview.

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We’ll be updating our Great British Pottery Throwdown guide every week so check back for all the latest gossip and pottery inspiration. Be sure to head over to our creative hobbies for adults quiz to find out your crafting passion and our craft ideas for kids to get the little ones in on the fun too!