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Ten home potters compete to become Top Potter. The search for a top potter begins with a four-day assignment to make stackable kitchen bowls from lumps of earthenware clay.

The search for a top home potter begins with a four-day assignment to make stackable kitchen bowls from lumps of earthenware clay. Throwing, trimming and decorating are just some of the stages of the make. The potters' every move is watched over by judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones, while Sara Cox makes them feel right at home in the heart of the Potteries, Stoke-on-Trent.

While they wait for their bowls to dry and fire, the potters face two more challenges of their potting skill. The spot test is a chance to show off their technical ability against the clock. This week, they must make and attach handles onto twenty mugs using a technique called pulling - with mixed and amusing results.

And in the throw down, the judges test the potters' skill at the wheel. This week, they must throw as many egg cups as they can in twenty minutes. They must throw 'off the hump' - a technique which helped to bring about modern-day mass production of small pots. But which potter will make the most?

On the last day, the potters' bowls finally come out of the kiln and they see whether all their hard work has paid off. Who will be this week's top potter? And who will be the first to leave the pottery?

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 9 Nov 2020 15:15

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04


    Strange Brew 

  • 00:08

    Sandy Nelson

    Boss Beat

  • 00:10

    The Troggs


  • 00:16

    The Fairey Band

    Strings of Life

  • 00:20

    The Fairey Band

    A Day In The Life / Can You Party? (Medley)

  • 00:35

    Sandy Nelson

    Drums A Go Go

  • 00:56

    The Fairey Band

    Pacific 202


Role Contributor
Presenter Sara Cox
Judge Keith Brymer Jones
Judge Kate Malone
Executive Producer Anna Beattie
Executive Producer Richard Bowron
Executive Producer Richard McKerrow
Executive Producer Suzanne McGairl
Series Producer Elliott Gerner
Series Producer Karen Richardson
Production Company Love Productions


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  • Mon 9 Nov 2020 15:15