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#121 Chilly

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 02:28 AM

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

 

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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:01 AM

It is funny watching them try to fit ceramics into a tv schedule, they couldn't turn any of their dinner sets and made the kiln tech do a fast glaze fire and mess up some of the work.


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 02:30 PM

I like watching it but it does irritate me. As well as the compressed timescales they've cut it to minimise the viewing time for the throwing/making section and the camera work is very choppy so you can't really watch what they are doing, yet much slower shots for later on. Very inconsistent.



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Posted 05 February 2017 - 06:54 PM

oh no. that's not good. the organizers need to figure out a better format or better challenges. i can see it fitting a tv format. not real time. i can see setting a throwing time and a trimming time and figuring out a reasonable drying time. 

 

i wonder if the deciding people included potters. 

 

i am still glad it exists. i hope by the next show they can iron out all the hiccups.


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#125 Chilly

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Posted 06 February 2017 - 04:14 AM

It is funny watching them try to fit ceramics into a tv schedule, they couldn't turn any of their dinner sets and made the kiln tech do a fast glaze fire and mess up some of the work.

 

I am surprised how poor some of them are at throwing.  It was a major part of last year's programme, you'd have thought they would have practised a bit more beforehand.


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Posted 07 February 2017 - 04:35 PM

Does anyone know how I can watch this from the US??

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Posted 07 February 2017 - 05:41 PM

Does anyone know how I can watch this from the US??

 

Holiday to to the UK?

 

There are no legal ways, and the illegal ones get taken down by the BBC promptly!


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Posted 08 February 2017 - 01:50 PM

I wanted to share that there is technically a legal way to watch this show that I just found. 

 

You need a service like Uno Telly that uses it's own DNS servers for your internet connection. People use this so that IP tracking is impossible. It's a safe service and you can get a free trial of it. Set up was easy. 

 

Then because your DNS is routed through them, the BBC website can't tell that you're not in Britain and therefore will allow you to access BBC iPlayer. You can watch the episode for free there. 

 

Hope this helps you enjoy the show!!



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:10 PM

Week 2 challenges

 

Make a clock, at least 45cm tall.  4.5 hours.  Slab work, not thrown. 3 hours in drying room, then raw glazed.

 

Throw a double walled ...... thingy.  10 minutes.  Cut in half to check top is sealed.

 

Pull handles for 3 "stewpots" and lids, large, medium and small.  Handles to suit scale and to "match".  Time ??? can't remember, not long though.


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Posted 18 February 2017 - 02:08 AM

Week 3 challenges

 

Make a Sake bottle and 6 sake cups.  Actually, make two sets and when bisqued, choose one set to "decorate" and raku fire

 

Throw as many "rice" dishes off-the-hump from a 20lb pre-centred lump of clay

 

The devil's work - pierce a Japanese lantern 


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Posted 28 February 2017 - 12:55 AM

I saw this post and watched the first episode of the first season. Are these supposed to be skilled potters because most of them seemed quite unskilled. I understand that they have time limit but really? 



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Posted 28 February 2017 - 07:09 AM

Week 4 challenges - garden week

 

A water feature with a minimum of two tiers, to fit a supplied pump and hosepipe.  Made on the wheel, altered if required. 3 hours, then time in drying room, followed by another 90 minutes to turn and trim. Then 2 hours to decorate/glaze. 

 

12 hand-made roses, red and or white clay, 1 hour.

 

Throw three flower pots, straight, tapered sides, with roll-top rims, small, medium, large. 3lb, 6lb and 9lb.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:22 PM

Oops, looks like I've been slacking.

 

Week 5 challenges - pit firing

 

2 vases, minimum 60 cm high. 2.5 hours, then 3 hours in drying room, followed by another 90 minutes to turn and trim and join sections. Bisqued, then pit-fired with "additives"

 

2lbs clay, as many goblets as possible in 15 minutes.

 

Each potter to take a fruit or vegetable and make a water jug.  (Pumpkin, fennel, strawberry, bunch of grapes, pineapple and globe artichoke.)  2 hours.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:34 PM

Week 6 challenges - Russian dolls

 

Hand coil and decorate four nesting "russian dolls".  Must fit, with lids with galleries.  4 hours, followed by 2 hours drying then another hour trimming.

 

Blindfolded - throw the widest bowl.  10 minutes.

 

Carve a pattern onto the surface of a Greek urn using the centuries-old technique of sgraffito.  90 minutes.

 

 

Clover's russian dolls.  Thought I'd show them to you, they were tiny, compared with everyone elses efforts, and fitted together perfectly.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 01:42 PM

Week 7 challenges - no theme?

 

Make a toilet.  4 hours, to make bowl, rim, u-bend and pedestal.  Groggy clay.  Drying time, followed by joining time

 

Throw as many teapots in 5 minutes.

 

Anything they want.  A signature piece.  2 hours.


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 06:37 PM

Week 8 challenges

 

Make two identical porcelain lights - use any technique.  4 hours to start then drying then trimming, then drying, firing, decorating firing.

 

Throw as many cylinders with wheel going backwards - 10 minutes

 

Sculpt a torso from a thick very large cylinder.  Male model supplied to copy.  90 minutes?


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