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#101 Sallyd

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 04:24 AM

I've really enjoyed this show, and totally agree with the judge's final decision. The winning potter's work is just my cup of tea.

I won't say who it is.......don't want to spoil it for anyone watching on catch - up.

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#102 Chilly

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:11 AM

Sally, I totally agree.

 

And for anyone who wants to "replicate" the challenges:

 

The Great Pottery Throwdown Challenges

 

Week 1

5 Nesting Bowls

Identical pulled handles on 10  contemporary and 10 traditional mugs

20 minutes to throw maximum number of egg-cups off the hump

Week 2

Sink with correct sized hole in bottom

Blindfold tallest straight-sided cylinder

Decorate 9 Tiles

Week 3

Raku 10 long-necked identical vases

2 thrown candlesticks  copy of demo

Decorate 3 Jugs with slip

Week 4

Garden Sculpture 5ft high

Create a Strawberry Pot from a tall cylinder

Thrown Plate

Week 5

Bone China Chandelier from slip-cast moulds

Banding enamel on plate rim

Thrown sphere

Week 6

Porcelain tea set – 4 cups and saucers, tea pot, milk jug, sugar bowl and cake stand

Pierced cylinder

3 thrown jugs with pulled lip

 


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:03 AM

Aaaarrrgghhh!!!  I want to know who won!!  I don't suppose someone would PM me?


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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:18 AM

OK, someone did.  Thanks Min!  I feel so much better now, the suspense was killing me.   :wacko:


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#105 Clay Butterfly

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 10:47 AM

Hey everyone! Thanks for the warm welcome. 

I loved the final episode. I was literally on the edge of my seat, squealing at the tv! It's so inspiring to see any ceramic work being created, and I can't wait to have a go at some of the projects. What will they make next season?! :-D

I've particularly enjoyed seeing some of my younger family members get excited about clay after watching the show - only four and six years old - they have been glued to the screen and loved watching it all come together, and kept asking really good questions about the processes. Every time I have visited them in the last few weeks we have sat and made things in clay together, pinch pots, slab xmas decorations etc and they have been thrilled with what they have created. I've recently joined my local Anglian Potters association because I just want to talk about pottery all the time and I hope to find some kindreds there! 



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Posted 09 December 2015 - 12:15 PM

Hi Louise - I'm an Anglian Potter so I'll keep an eye out for you at the demo days - an absolute MUST, really worth a day out. If you're stuck for transport, I'm in St Ives and can always take a diversion and pick you up. Just PM me.
Am invigilating at the AP selling exhibition tomorrow - penultimate day in Cambridge. 65 potters' work from beginners to professionals, always worth a visit.

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 01:24 PM

Hey Celia! I've planned to come along to the show tomorrow with another pottery obsessed friend, so perhaps I will see you there. :-D 



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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:00 AM

 

Sally, I totally agree.

 

And for anyone who wants to "replicate" the challenges:

 

The Great Pottery Throwdown Challenges

 

Week 1

5 Nesting Bowls

Identical pulled handles on 10  contemporary and 10 traditional mugs

20 minutes to throw maximum number of egg-cups off the hump

Week 2

Sink with correct sized hole in bottom

Blindfold tallest straight-sided cylinder

Decorate 9 Tiles

Week 3

Raku 10 long-identical necked vases

2 thrown candlesticks  copy of demo

Decorate 3 Jugs with slip

Week 4

Garden Sculpture 5ft high

Create a Strawberry Pot from a tall cylinder

Thrown Plate

Week 5

Bone China Chandelier from slip-cast moulds

Banding enamel on plate rim

Thrown sphere

Week 6

Porcelain tea set – 4 cups and saucers, tea pot, milk jug, sugar bowl and cake stand

Pierced cylinder

3 thrown jugs with pulled lip

 

 


YOU ARE MY HERO

 

I LOVE YOU

This is just what I wanted!!! :D


I create order from chaos. And also, chaos from order.

 

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#109 Chilly

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 03:00 AM

YOU ARE MY HERO

 

I LOVE YOU

This is just what I wanted!!! :D

 

 

No probs, if you want to ask questions about any challenge on that list, don't leave it too long.  I can keep watching the first one until 16 December, and the last one until 7 January before they disappear.  (With the other four spaced oddly in between.)


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#110 GiselleNo5

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 04:24 AM

Thank you so much ... I want to try some of these. Not all, because I really don't want to make a chandelier even just for fun. But the tiles and the throwing. Great practice, makes you step outside the box a bit! 


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#111 Evelyne Schoenmann

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 05:22 AM

If only we non Englishers could click on Ann's list, say week 6,  and - surprise surprise - the video starts.... :angry: ...

 

Thank you Ann and all who contributed to this thread! I really hope some day we can watch the show too. I would pay for it!

 

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#112 Chilly

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Posted 10 December 2015 - 12:39 PM

I totally understand the way the BBC is funded, but what is annoying is that if I had a video recorder, I could record the programmes onto tape, and keep them forever, and share with my friends.  I don't have a video recorder, therefore can't offer to help you out.  I'm unable to watch them live, so am limited to watching them for 28 days only on iPlayer.

 

I wish I could help you all.  Despite the moans and grumbles, it has been quite interesting and if I'd had better throwing skills I would have applied to take part.

 

Today I've done something new......  sgrafitto on a slip cast mug, and on four tiles.

 

I was inspired by week 2.  

 

I used two different base clays (speckled stoneware and red earthenware) and three different slips (speckled stoneware, red earthenware and an almost white casting slip) and have carved the same pattern through the slip on all four.  They are well wrapped as I won't be back to the centre until 7 Jan now.

 

Next new challenge will be the pierced cylinder.


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Posted 11 December 2015 - 07:28 PM

 

Today I've done something new......  sgrafitto on a slip cast mug, and on four tiles.

 

I was inspired by week 2.  

 

I used two different base clays (speckled stoneware and red earthenware) and three different slips (speckled stoneware, red earthenware and an almost white casting slip) and have carved the same pattern through the slip on all four.  They are well wrapped as I won't be back to the centre until 7 Jan now.

 

Next new challenge will be the pierced cylinder.

 

A friend gave me two small mug molds for slip casting. Well, I can make mugs anytime I want on the wheel, and it's easier than slip casting. But I thought I could use just the body of the mug and cast it very thin in porcelain, then do a sgraffito resist for a design that would shine through with a candle inside. 

I want to try the pierced cylinder too. I totally think we should have a thread! Can we have a thread? Am I authorized to make a thread? ;) 


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#114 laughlin

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Posted 14 December 2015 - 09:55 PM

Just saw this thread...

I watched the show live on my computer on BBC2 UK (it's available streaming there, too) every week from the US without using a sketchy streaming service or anything - it's really easy and no one makes any money illegally, though I suppose it's very minimally illegal? to make your computer think it's in England re a VPN...  so I'll be discrete beyond noting that, 'specially as I'm only a long-time lurker in these great forums.  I like to watch foreign TV and do it all the time, and I'm just a non-techy (well, very semi-techy) grandmother.  Can be done, anyway, and everybody is so sad about missing it.  :(

 

I thought GPTD was a terrific, actually - full of frustrating moments for knowledgable potters, but pitched so well for giving a general-interest audience a really interesting feel for what it's all about. The Guardian's actually given it several really nice reviews (I read the Guardian too, such an Anglophile), and it sounds as though it was pretty popular over there, which astonished me as it's such a quiet, gentle show. Sans the mean, hectic, hyper-competitive, histrionic US-style Schadenfreude that characterize US 'reality TV' I don't think it'd take off at all here.  

 

The UK, I've been told, values its potters more than the US does. It was fun to watch it with my daughter who has little interest in or knowledge of process at all. She was absorbed and fascinated, so there you go. Always nice to promote the art, even if it's not the finest example or the most accurate  information, seems to me.



#115 Chilly

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Posted 23 January 2017 - 06:53 AM

Throwdown starts again on 2 February on BBC2.  

 

Hurray for UK viewers, and sorry to anyone else who can't watch it legally.

 

I won't be posting illegal links, but if anyone wants a list of challenges, I'll be happy to provide.


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#116 Pleasant Pottery

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 02:26 PM

I also discovered it is being shown on Makeful, Wed. evenings at 9:00 if you have that network.



#117 Chilly

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Posted 03 February 2017 - 01:35 PM

Looks like it is available for purchase from the BBC.  Don't know if this will work from outside the UK.  Can't test it myself.........

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...8d6897/products


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 01:41 AM

Ann are the challenges still the same? or have they changed that? lucky you!!!


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#119 Chilly

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:37 AM

Looks like the challenges will be different.

 

This week's were:

 

16 piece dinner service (Large plate, small plate, bowl, beaker),

tallest cone,

sponge design on small and large jugs that need to match.


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Posted 04 February 2017 - 04:02 PM

Can't buy it from BBC in Canada or the US :(.





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