Following a successful first series, ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ returns tonight to BBC2 at 8pm.
Created by Love Productions (the team behind ‘The Great British Bake Off’) and filmed at a working pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the show also welcomes back host Sara Cox and judges master potter Keith Brymer Jones – who is head of design at housewares company MAKE International – and ceramic artist Kate Malone.
Over the course of eight episodes and 24 challenges, 10 home potters will be tasked with making everything from a set of jugs to a toilet.
In tonight’s episode, the potters have to throw and decorate an identical 16-piece dinner set, as well as impress a surprise guest judge: ceramic designer Emma Bridgewater.
In every episode the contestants take part in three challenges designed to test their skills and showcase their craftsmanship.
Each show’s main ‘make’ takes five days to complete, while the other two challenges are shorter: one is a ‘throw down’ at the wheel and the other is designed to test broader pottery skills.
At the end of every episode, one of the contestants is crowned Top Potter, while one is eliminated and has to leave the pottery for good.
With a competition at its core, this series is also packed with facts and information about the role of pottery in history, as well as its significance and popularity today.
l-r: Judge Keith Brymer Jones, host Sara Cox, judge Kate Malone