The Great Pottery Throw Down

The Great Pottery Throw Down

Series 2021



There are some truly extraordinary and beautiful creations from the amateur potters who – mostly – rise magnificently to the challenge of making an illuminated 3D architectural structure.

Though to anyone who fancies having a go, there is a small lesson to be learned from one contestant about the perils of letting your attention wander, if only for a second…

But mainly there will be gasps of amazement at the buildings, which include everything from a dragon to a homage to the artist Gaudi and a novel way of making roof tiles (with an Afro comb).

And the quick challenge – making ten building bricks – looks highly satisfying. The clay gets everywhere, even on the ceiling.


The 11 remaining contestants slab-build a 3D building. Plus, Rich Miller tasks the potters to handmake bricks, as he and fellow judge Keith Brymer Jones decide who will be named potter of the week and who will be leaving the pottery. Siobhan McSweeney hosts.

Cast & Crew

Host Siobhan McSweeney
Executive Producer Richard McKerrow
Executive Producer Sarah Thomson-Woolley
Series Director Mark Drake