Is The Great British Pottery Throw Down the new Great British Bake Off?

Following the success of The Great British Bake Off comes the launch of a new four-part television series on BBC2.

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Beginning on Tuesday October 3, The Great British Pottery Throw Down is filmed at Middleport Pottery in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent and, as a budding potter myself, I can't wait to see ceramicist Keith Brymer Jones as the judge of 10 hopeful contestants.

Throw Down will give a further boost to a revival already under way at the Stoke Potteries, thanks to a new wave of ceramicists that include London-based designers and companies such as Billy Lloyd, Richard Brendon, HAM, Custhom, Flux and contemporary ceramics group The New English.

Feats of clay: take a tour of "hot-to-pot" ceramics and geometric designs

Branksome China — a brand our grandparents would have been familiar with — is getting a new lease of life after recently being rescued from closure by heritage entrepreneur Peter Bowles, while Wedgwood has invested £34 million in creating World of Wedgwood. The enormous visitor attraction is set in 240 acres on the Wedgwood estate in Stoke and includes factory tours, a museum and a master craft studio.

Go to the Staffordshire city for a weekend and visit British Ceramics Biennial, a series of special exhibitions and events running until November 8.

Or visit the V&A in South Kensington this Friday, where Gallery 114 will be transformed from 6.30pm into a flagship World of Wedgwood tea room, with demonstrations from former ceramic industry workers and a chance to take part in a drop-in workshop.

Fans of British potter Edmund de Waal should make a date to visit his latest exhibition, titled white, which has just opened at the Royal Academy and runs until January. Alternatively, buy a copy of his new book, The White Road: A Pilgrimage of Sorts, which takes you into his world as he traces the history of white porcelain.


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