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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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