The Great Festive Pottery Throw Down 2022: Christmas celebrity special!
It's the first-ever episode of The Great Festive Pottery Throw Down 2022! Discover how, where and when to watch it with our guide.
The Great Pottery Throw Down 2022 may have finished but for the first ever time we're being treated to a Christmas special!! We're so excited as it'll see the return of Keith Brymer Jones and Richard Miller to our screens. To get you excited for this one of a kind special, we're going to let you know where, when and how you can watch it. Grab your hot chocolate and mince pie, it's time to return to the pottery studio!
Warning: There are spoilers below!
The Great Festive Pottery Throw Down 2022: Christmas celebrity special!
When will the Pottery Throwdown Christmas special air?
The Great Pottery Throwdown Christmas special will air on Christmas Day at 7:50pm. You'll be full of turkey, happiness, and chocolate by that point making it the perfect time for watching some pottery projects.
Where can I watch the Pottery Throwdown Christmas special?
This one-off episode will show on Chanel 4.
What contestants will be on the Christmas special?
They've secured a stellar cast for the festive special! Meet the special four celebs who will be taking to the wheel this December:
- James Fleet: star of The Vicar of Darby and Bridgerton
- Jenny Eclair: star of Grumpy Old Women
- Sunetra Sarker: star of Brookside
- Jamie Laing: star of Made In Chelsea
We can't wait to see what these four talented actors/actresses will make. Which one are you rooting for?
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Now let's get excited for The Great Pottery Throwdown 2023!
While we wait for information about series 6, you can catch up with this year's episodes in our episode guide. We've got all the crucial info about the show including where it's filmed, who hosts and even who won. If this year's competition has got you curious about ceramics, have a read of our guide to pottery for beginners to find out how to get started at home. Get your clay at the ready, it's time to make.
What channel is the Great Pottery Throw Down 2023 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. We've also been told by Love Productions that the show has signed a three-year extension which means The Great Pottery Throwdown will be on your screens in 2022, 2023 and 2024!
What time is the Great Pottery Throw Down 2023 on TV?
The Great Pottery Throw Down 2023 doesn't have a release day yet. We will update with the new date as soon as we find out.
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 2021 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.
The Great Pottery Throwdown Series 6: What to expect
A whole new series of The Great Pottery Throw Down will be coming back in 2023. Their will be 12 contestants are in the studio battling it out to become Britain's best potter. There will be even more challenging tasks that will test the potter's creativity, skill and technique.
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The Great Pottery Throwdown 2022 featured last year's cast with the judges, technician, and host staying the same. However, last year's presenter Irish actress Siobhan McSweeney, broke her leg just before filming started so Ellie Taylor took her place temporarily. We love the energy and comedy Ellie brought to the show so far and think her and Siobhan made fantastic hosts.
Who is the new Pottery Throwdown technician?
Rose Schmits is the pottery technician for The Great Pottery Throwdown 2022 after taking over from Rich Miller last year. 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.
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 Judges
The Great Pottery Throwdown will see the return of TV favourites Rich Miller and Keith Brymer Jones. 'Kiln man Rich', is back to judge the potter's creations and he's perfect for the job thanks to his wealth of experience. Richard was the show's behind-the-scenes technician before becoming a judge last year which means he's got an eagle-eye for the technical accuracy and techniques used in pottery.
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.
We also recently spoke to Keith for our podcast: We've Made It. In this episode, we chatted to Keith about the teacher who inspired him to become a potter, how pottery has helped him to get through some tough times and why some makes on the show make him very emotional!
He also shares a peek behind the scenes of The Great Pottery Throwdown and reveals how they managed to go on filming the show during a pandemic.
Meet The Great Pottery Throw Down 2022 contestants
The Great Pottery Throwdown 2022 contestants are the best bunch yet and we can't wait to see what they make. We're going to introduce you to the potters below and link to their social media so you can follow their progress. Keep an eye on the Twitter account @PotteryThrowdown which is always the first place to share the show's cast and gossip.
The Great Pottery Throw Down contestants 2022
Christine is an art youth worker who loves bringing art and creativity to the young people she works with. She's a loving mum, grandma, and great-grandma with a passion for slip casting porcelain. Follow Christine on Instagram and check out her Etsy shop to buy her creations.
Aj the Pottery Throw Down's youngest potter and design graduate from Aberdeen. They love all things nerdy and fell in love with ceramics after starting their 3D Design course at university. Follow AJ on Instagram to see their signature blob-like creatures!
Anna is a Social Care Facilitator living in Northern Ireland but has traveled the globe. Her pottery is inspired by her travels, with African and Celtic influences. Follow Anna on Instagram to see her beautiful work.
Bill is a 63-year-old museum learning assistant from Scarborough. Former teacher, Bill sadly lost his husband last year and pottery helped him grieve and express himself. He pots in his local studio and is a proud dad and grandad to granddaughter Phoebe.
Cardiff-born Cellan is a pottery technician and teacher at the @the.clay.studio. Competitive Cellan is in it to win it and his background in structural pottery will hopefully get him to the final. Follow Cellan on Instagram to follow his pottery journey.
Pottery Throw Down contestant Jenny is a keen bird-watcher and metal detectorist from Lincolnshire. She grow up around her Grandma’s pottery wheel and this inspired her to start pottery. Follow Jenny on Instagram to see her signature doughnut vases.
Josh is a 27-year-old design and technology teacher from Berkshire. He's been making pottery since he was 11! A lot of his inspiration comes from his Portuguese heritage and he describes himself as competitive.
Lucinda is from Shropshire and is a retired NHS worker. She started pottery as a teenager sketches her designs from her home studio where she makes all sorts of pieces. Follow Lucinda on Instagram to see her gorgeous pieces.
Designer Miles has had a really interesting career. He started out designing film costumes then went on to work as a full-time designer before becoming the sustainability consultant he is today. He learned pottery at school and is now ready to show the judges his creations. Follow his pottery journey on Instagram.
Nick is a prop maker from Wales and has one of the coolest jobs we've ever heard. He made the dashboard for the Tardis and the sonic screwdrivers in Dr Who! Heavily influenced by his love for the sea and all things outdoor sports, Nick took up pottery after getting an old wheel from a friend. See his pottery creations on Instagram.
44 year old Tom is a Product Director from Bath. A lover of festivals, art, and all things colourful, Tom took up pottery after attending pottery classes with his mum. He's happiest when he's throwing and hand-building. Follow Tom on Instagram to see his cool mugs.
Zahra is a doctor working in Manchester who loves making pottery in her spare time. Her love of pottery grew after she attended a slab building class but now she's a big fan of throwing. See Zahra's pottery pieces on Instagram.
The Great Pottery Throwdown Episode Guide
No one loves the Pottery Throwdown more than us which is why we're giving you a week-by-week rundown of the show. We will update our Pottery Throwdown episode guide every Monday with all our thoughts and feelings on the previous night's episode. Let us know what you thought of the episode in the comments!
The Great Pottery Throwdown Episode Guide 2022
Pottery Throwdown Episode 1: Children's tea sets & milk bottles
The first episode of pottery throwdown hit our screens on the 2nd of January and what a way it was to start 2022. The studio saw 12 shiny new potters arrive, one new temporary presenter (hi Ellie!), and two tough challenges. First up the potters had to create a 5 piece children's tea party set complete with a fun theme for kids to enjoy. The throwing challenge had the potters trying to throw as many milk bottles as possible and it's safe to say a lot ended up in Keith's bucket of doom. We think this might have been the most we've ever seen Keith cry and it's only the first episode!
Highlights: Where do we begin? Christine and Jenny's milk bottles had Keith crying and we loved the concepts behind each and every tea set. Aj's dinosaurs were adorable (above), Lucinda's animals were beautiful and Christine's gorgeous fairy set had everyone (including us) crying.
Lowlights: A lowlight for us will always be a potter going home. Bill brought a fantastic energy to the studio and we're sad he's gone. Never stop crafting Bill!
Quote of the episode: "That inanimate mud can become anything!" - It really can Rich and that's why we love the pottery throw down so much.
Pottery Throwdown Episode 2: Pendulum wall clocks
This week's episode was full of tight timings and structural stress. The potters were challenged with slab building and a blind throwing challenge which tested their skills and their timekeeping. For the slab building challenge, the potters had to build a pendulum wall clock based on their favourite hobbies. Then Keith showed them how it was done with a blind throwing pet bowls challenge. If it sounds difficult it's because it is!
Highlights: Jennie's pet bowls were a hit and we love that Christine's clock featured crochet but it was Cellan who stole the show. His perfect pet bowls and incredible camping clock were pure masterpieces and won him potter of the week.
Lowlights: Josh's wonky cabinet didn't quite meet the mark and Aj's dragon collapsed in the kiln. We waved goodbye to Zahra after her clock couldn't hang on the wall but we loved the concept behind it.
Quote of the episode: "Just leave the slug off it next time yeah?" - Alright Keith, we thought Aj's dragon was cute!!
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.
Pottery Throwdown Episode 3: Inanimate objects and a bottle kiln challenge
This week was a test of the potter's observational skills and use of porcelain paper clay or as Christine called it, 'devils clay'. The potters created odes to their hometowns and it was wonderful to see so many places immortalized in clay. They also had to handle 6 kilos of clay and turn it into an elegant bottle which Richard made look so easy. There were some beautiful pieces this week so you haven't watched the episode make sure you watch on catch up!
Highlights: Richard's little sing-song and Keith yelling instructions put a smile on our faces this week. Aj got top marks for their kiln bottle and Tom's post office impressed the judges. Nick's detailed boat won him potter of the week.
Lowlights: Miles' sculpture was lacking light and shade but it was Josh's collapsed wagon that sent him home.
Quote of the episode: "You're a noisy bugger aren't you Tom" - You tell him, Lucinda, we need silence to concentrate!
Pottery Throwdown Episode 4: Japanese tea sets and a hand throwing challenge
Four words for the fourth episode of Pottery Throwdown: Raku, 1000 degree heat, Florain Gadsby, and phallic hand pulling (yes you heard that right). The potters were challenged to make a Japanese tea set and 10 identical mug handles this week. We loved seeing special guest Florain judge the potters work as we've been a fan of his work for years but it only gets harder and harder every time one of them leaves.
Highlights: Lucinda smashed the handle challenge and gave Keith a good laugh. Lucinda saved her teapot in a very clever way and Christine's floral teapot was beautiful but it was Tom's spotty marvel that won him potter of the week.
Lowlights: The firing process made us as nervous as the potters! Nick's lid cracked and Jenny had glaze missing. We said goodbye to Miles who will be missed.
Quote of the episode: "Jesus it's massive " - We were thinking the same thing Ellie...
Pottery Throwdown Episode 5: Gnomes and forcer jars
How do you feel about gnomes? We hope you like them because this week featured 24 cheeky gnomes by eight talented potters. Rave gnomes, rollerskating gnomes, hiking gnomes, you name it the potters have a gnome for it! Their creations got everyone smiling (even Ellie who hates them) and we'd happily have them all in our gardens. The potters were also challenged to sea kale forcer jars which Adam Keeling showed them how to throw. It was a fun episode so go and watch if you missed it!
Highlights: Guest judge Adam wowed everyone with his skill and we fell in love with all the cheeky gnomes. Every single gnome was given compliments by the judges! AJ won their second throwing challenge with their huge forcer jar and it was this, and their unique gnomes, which won them potter of the week.
Lowlights: Stability and size was key this week and caused the potters some strife. Christine nearly gave up with her forcer jar and the weight of the clay made all the potters as tired as they were frustrated. Cellan struggled with gnome dropping and breaks and it sent him home. We will miss him so much.
Quote of the episode: "Keith and Rich always ask for nice bottoms" - who knew a pottery show would feature so many naked gnome bums?
Pottery Throwdown Episode 6: 1960's glazed vases and a decorative spot test
The swinging 60s are back! This week was all about groovy designs and funky patterns. There was a groundbreaking second challenge where the potters had to decorate a vase with a 1960's pattern. Not only were their vases put in the kiln to show their glory but they were judged by legendary Orla Kiely. It's safe to say we fangirled! The potters main challenge was to make two 60's glazed vases that were as unique as they were colourful.
Highlights: AJ's floral vase won over Orla and Christine's vases were a work of art. Jenny's vases made Keith cry with their beauty and they won her potter of the week!
Lowlights: Nick's vase base was blown out by the kiln, Tom struggled with tape and Lucinda was up against the clock. Nick went home with week and we'll miss seeing his flowing locks every week!
Quote of the episode: "Clean those bottoms! " Ellie's fully embracing the potters lingo now.
Pottery Throwdown Episode 7: Hand-built animal lamps and spontaneous sets
It's wildlife week in the pottery studio which meant cheeky characters and crazy animal facts. The potters were challenged to make animal lamps and spontaneous wildlife-themed sets. It was the largest hand build challenge so far but the potters took it in their stride. They also used scraffito to add texture to their animals which produced beautiful, realistic results. As Ellie said, "once you're committed to clay there's no going back".
Highlights: Of course the return of Siobhan! We've missed her and love her new hair. Jenny and Anna's animals lit up the studio. But it was Aj's trio of creatures and otter which impressed the judges enough to win them potter of the week.
Lowlights: Tom didn't make the most of the 12kg of clay and Lucinda's badger's tail broke in the kiln. Tom lacked Scraffito technique and this sent him home.
Quote of the episode: "You'll need patience, precision, and an eye for detail! " You said it Rich.
Pottery Throwdown Episode 8: Self-sculpture, sawdust kilns and candlesticks
It's the quarter-finals! This week Keith and Rich challenged the potters with every aspect of the pottery process. There was hand throwing, construction, and even brick building. First up they had to create abstract self sculptures and fire them in sawdust. Then they had 15 minutes to make as many curvacious candlesticks as possible. It was emotional, exciting and we fell in love with each piece.
Highlights: AJ won their four challenge in a row and Anna create a complex, thought-out design. We felt honoured to hear Christine's story and her sculpture was simply beautiful. So much so that it won her potter of the week.
Lowlights: Jenny's sculpture didn't quite live up to the other potter's creations and it, unfortunately, sent her home.
Quote of the episode: "It's a representation of me at 32" We were crying with the judges and Christine!
Pottery Throwdown Episode 9: Urinals and Jasperware
Can you believe it's the semi-finals already? Twelve potters have been whittled down to four, but who will make it through to the final three? This week was bathroom week and the potters were challenged to make their own statement urinals. For the spot challenge, the contestants were asked to apply moulds following the 200-year-old techniques used to make the iconic Wedgwood Jasperware range.
Highlights: AJ wowed the judges with their stunning medieval helmet urinal, complete with a bright red feather on the top!
Lowlights: Lucinda's Punch and Judy-inspired urinal cracked badly in the kiln and no amount of patching up could save it. Unsurprisingly, Lucinda was the potter who went home.
Quote of the week: Siobhan talking about Christine's urinal: "It's a lobster, would you pee on a lobster?"
Pottery Throwdown Episode 10: Totems and crowns
And then there were three... It's the final of The Great Pottery Throwdown and the biggest challenge EVER was set. AJ, Christine and Anna had eight and a half hours to build totems poles that represented their lives. They also had to squeeze in a crown carving challenge set by Rich. There was happy tears, heartfelt family messages and impressive structures. It was a wonderful final epsiode and we're already buzzing for 2023.
Highlights: The totem poles told each of the potter's rich history and included everything from ducks to toy lions. Of course, the highlight was the incredible AJ winning the show but as Anna put it "we're all winners here".
Lowlights: Christine's mum's head fell off in the kiln!! Christine's globe fell a bit short and Anna's totem also experienced some stress cracks.
Quote of the week: "We've had some incredible makes, but the thing that's united them all is that passion for clay " - Rich
Who won the Great Pottery Throw Down 2022?
The incredible AJ won The Great Pottery Throw Down 2022. They have been consistently brilliant, winning over five challenges throughout the show. They have a distinct style and we love their funny little characters which appear through their work. They've now opened their own pottery studio! Check out their work over on Instagram.
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We'll be updating our guide with information about The Great British Pottery Throwdown 2023 when we have news! 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!
Phoebe has worked for Gathered, and our sister magazine Mollie Makes, for 3 years. She manages our Arts & Crafts section and specialises in social media and content strategy. She has a background in all things marketing, a flair for Pinterest and a knack for finding the next big craft trend. Previously she worked as Digital Campaign Executive for Fat Media. You may recognise her name from Mollie Makes Social Media magazine, where she shared her expertise and top tips on becoming social media savvy.