The Great Pottery Throw Down

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Series 2 - Episode 7



Comedian and talented ceramicist Johnny Vegas is the guest judge in this semi-final, much to the glee of the four remaining contestants.

His challenge is brisk and odd – to make a teapot in a minute. Kate Malone, who was Vegas’s degree course tutor, tells us that an example of this particular signature piece is in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection.

But this is just a jolly little interlude. The real meat of the penultimate week is the Big Make, the Biggest Make Ever, as it turns out – a toilet. Yes, the little gang must make a loo, they must decorate it and, crucially, they must plumb it in properly so it flushes without incident.

One semi-finalist wants to make a turtle shape so whoever’s sitting there “will see a turtle head peeping out from between their legs”. Er, lovely.


The semi-final features an appearance by comedian and ceramicist Johnny Vegas, demonstrating how to throw a teapot before the contestants try to make five in as many minutes. But that's not their only challenge. For the spot test, they are asked to come up with anything they like, a signature piece to wow judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones, and in the main make they must create and decorate a fully functioning toilet over four days. Whose dreams of reaching the final will end up down the pan? Sara Cox presents.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Sara Cox
Judge Kate Malone
Judge Keith Brymer Jones
Guest Johnny Vegas
Executive Producer Sarah Thomson-Woolley
Series Producer Elliott Gerner
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