The ‘Great Pottery Throwdown’ is back on British TV with the wonderfully emotional Keith who cries when he is overwhelmed with the beauty of a competitor’s work. I like all those craft based competitions, Sewing Bee and the woodworking and jewellery ones. It’s gentle telly after a long day.

I’ve dabbled with pottery myself from a young age. I went to classes on a Saturday at Southend College of Technology in the seventies. Our teachers were supercool chain smokers who lit up in the classroom! Haven’t times changed. I also went to a fair few adult education classes. It’s always been a case of ‘Don’t give up the day job!’. Even though I’ve had many goes I’ve never thrown a successful pot in my life. My favourite part of the potting process was the decoration.

But here are three that I made earlier that are just about acceptable enough to be displayed in my home. They were all made when I was an occupational therapy student. The little raku bear is my favourite. He’s a motif that I’ve used before. Similar creatures, a homage to Native American art live under our antlers!

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  1. I find pottery gorgeous and keep my eyes out for home made pieces- mugs in particular. A new studio with classes is opening up. I hope she does well.

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