TV and radio presenter Melanie Sykes joins as host, taking over the role from Radio 2’s Sarah Cox, alongside returning judge and master potter Keith Brymer Jones (who is head of design at housewares company Make International) and new judge, the award-winning ceramicist Sue Pryke.
Ten 60-minute episodes will follow 12 home potters as they strive to create their most intricate and imaginative work, before their pieces are assessed by the judging duo and a variety of well-known faces and experts from the world of pottery.
Throughout the series, Keith, Sue and the guest judges will demonstrate specialist techniques and offer advice, ultimately deciding which potter becomes Potter of the Week – and which potter must be sent home.
Melanie commented: “I’m so pleased to have been asked to present ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’. I’m a huge fan of art in all its forms and love being around creative people. It’s such a feel-good, inspiring show and it’s an honour and a thrill to be working on it.”
Sue added: “I was thrilled to be asked to be a judge for ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’. It’s such brilliant programme for championing pottery and I’m delighted to be joining the team. I love ceramics and the show has been really influential in getting people switched on and interested in pottery. It’s an exciting show to watch and I can’t wait to find out who Britain’s best home potter is going to be!”
Sarah Lazenby, head of features and formats at Channel 4, said: “We all need more joyous escapism in our lives, so we’re thrilled to welcome ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ to the channel. Sue’s stellar ceramic skills make her the perfect judge to join pottery don Keith, and with the delightful Melanie at the helm, we hope to get viewers’ love of pottery all fired up.”
Richard McKerrow, ceo and executive producer of Love Productions noted: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the much-loved ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ with a whole new group of potters crafting a wide range of eye-catching creations. We are especially grateful to all those loyal viewers who campaigned for its return.”
Previously broadcast on BBC2, ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ will air next year on Channel 4 and More4.
Master potter Keith Brymer Jones