The Great Pottery Throw Down & Christmas Gift Ideas

The Great Pottery Throw Down & Christmas gift ideas

We will all miss watching The Great Pottery Throw Down tonight – so thought we would share our favourite moments and share gift ideas so you can also buy hand-crafted Ceramic gifts for Christmas for family and friends.

BBC’s The Great Pottery Throw Down program….

We all loved The Great Pottery Throw Down in the studio and agreed that Matthew was the right winner – crowned the “best budding potter”.  They showcased the work of ten of Britain’s most passionate home potters. Tuesday nights are now just not going to be the same. It was such a funny and inspiring creative program and next year I would love to do a evening course or pottery workshop as haven’t tried working with clay for years.

The most inspiring glaze pattern for me was by Sally-Jo who rolled patterns into the raw clay with textiles. She used the lace to create patterns on her tea set – the technique was beautiful, as was the cobalt blue colour, but alas the tea set not with too many cracks!

Mathew’s favourite piece for me was his wash-hand basin as well as many of his glazes. We also all loved Jim’s work who was a very close 2nd for us in the studio! We look forward to Series Two in 2016!

I love ceramics and my favourites at home include:

My favourite pieces at home include –  Tyrii pottery from Tiree / Jode Pankhurst‘s fun ceramics / Kate Schuricht‘s raku & stoneware / Rebecca Callis ceramic grip jug / iittala’s ceramic Origo collection.

Also other favourites I would like to buy or be given as presents include: Bespoke Atelier’s pop-up shop selling stunning coloured ceramics by CSW-A / TOJO selling Ghost’s, each unique, hand thrown in earthenware, hand glazed, hand decorated and low-fired in the kiln three times / Bodo Sperlein’s fine ceramics.

For last minute Christmas presents it is worth looking at their sites as they can ‘make’ the perfect gifts for you to give. Hand crafted presents are the best to give so it is individual as well as helping a small business craft makers. Other places worth looking at are the Glasgow School of Art Shop, find makers on the Design Nation site or visit a local pop-up shop like Bespoke Atelier’s Christmas Pop-Up Shop in Glasgow until the 20th December.

Also for a stunning interior feature have a look at Sharon Marston’s bone china ceramic creations – incredible bespoke sculptural light installations.

Kate Schuricht was on my art foundation course at Middlesex university and just noticed she runs short courses in her studio in West Kent. With busy lives we haven’t seen each other for ages so can’t wait to go and do one of these courses next year for catch up and creative time together.

Sharon Marston and Bodo Sperlein both started in business the same year as us, in 1997, through the help of Design Nation, a company Promoting British Design. Peta Levi who set up Design Nation and the original New Designers show was a truly wonderful lady who helped us all and inspired us all to make our dreams of ‘making’ into businesses.

Tyrii pottery from Tiree:

My favourite place to buy ceramics is in Tiree. Tyrii Pottery began in 1997 on the small Island of Tiree in the Inner Hebrides, Scotland. The spelling Tyrii comes from Alan Stevenson’s maps used during the building of Skerryvore Lighthouse in 1836. The family business is run by mother and daughter, Jean and Helen who produce earthenware pottery in vibrant colours.

They make a large range of pots from planters to oven dishes, mugs to tide clocks and plates to tiles. Each piece is hand-made and decorated with a large variety of designs inspired by their surroundings.

Tyrii Pottery is sold exclusively at the workshop which is open all year round.

iittala ceramics

Finish based iittala sell my favourite commercial ceramics Origo by Alfredo Haberli. I just love their coloured stripes which make me smile every breakfast when I use my coffee mugs, bowls and egg cups.

Alfredo Häberli was born in 1964 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied industrial design in Switzerland. Today, he is a well-known international designer based in Zurich. In his designs, Häberli successfully combines tradition and renewal. There is joy and energy in his designs.

Antique blue and white pottery.

My favourite pudding bowls are blue and white which I found at a antiques fair. Every dinner party I use them people comment on them as they look so pretty and delicate. I do love the old fashion blue and white pottery even though you have to hand wash it!

Share your favourites with us

We would love to hear which are you favourite potters and places to buy ceramics?