The Great Pottery Throw Down Season 5

August 17, 2022


The Great Pottery Throw Down season 5 was a long-awaited session of the wonderful show. It’s finally here! And the show didn’t disappoint Fun challenges, exciting personalities, and of course marvelous pottery.

So let’s get into it. In this article, we’ll talk about the fifth-season judges, the host, and the winner.

How to watch The Great Pottery Throw Down

Season 5 aired on the main Channel 4 network channel premiering in January 2022. The series brought back 2 beloved judges and a fan-favorite host.

The show is produced by Love Productions. You can watch ALL the seasons of The Great Pottery Throw Down on HBO Max which has streaming rights in the United States.

Catch season 5 on HBO and you’re caught up on the series!

What is the format of The Great Pottery Throw Down?

The fifth season of The Great Pottery Throwdown is 10 episodes long. The series culminates in naming a “top potter” in the United Kingdom. In each episode, the contestants complete three activities that test their fine motor skills and design sense:

  1. Throw Down
  2. Spot Test
  3. Main Make

At the end of each episode, the winner of the “main make” activity is named “Potter of the Week” and is guaranteed a spot on to the next episode.

And sadly, the judges close the episode by choosing one of the potters to send home. I get attached to the contestants, so it’s always sad to see someone leave the show!

The very last episode of the series ends with another main make contest. The winner of the contest is crowned the top potter in the United Kingdom.

The cast of The Great Pottery Thrown Down Season 5

Let’s take a look at the contestants from season 5:

PotterAge when aired Episode elimination
Bill Thomas63Episode 1
Zahra Jabir32Episode 2
Josh Duarte27Episode 3
Miles Johnson50Episode 4
Cellan Cox23Episode 5
Nick Robatto43Episode 6
Tom Demeranville44Episode 7
Jenny Cobb43Episode 8
Lucinda Lovesey58Episode 9
Anna McGurn57Episode 10
Christine Cherry57Episode 10
AJ Simpson21Winner
Potters, their ages, and what episode the contestant was eliminated on during The Great Pottery Throw Down season 5

Top contestants for The Great Pottery Throw Down Season 5

The fifth season of The Great Pottery Throw Down brought all that we loved back to the screen. Siobhan McSweeney, the host is lively and quick. The potters were quirky and talented.

Who are they? What do they do in everyday life? And what notable work did they make during series 5?

Anna McGurn

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Image from Love Productions

At the time of the show (season 5), Anna McGurn lived in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. She works as a social care facilitator.

Anna never won a main make. But her talent showed through in many of the episodes. One of my favorites of hers was her “Three Bad Apples” from episode 5 when contestants were asked to make a trio of garden gnomes.

Anna has continued her work in pottery. You can check out her latest work and follow her on social by following this link to her Instagram.

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Follow Anna’s work on Instagram.

Christine Cherry

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Image from Love Productions

Christine Cherry is an art youth worker in her day-to-day work. She’s from Preston where she lives and works.

Christine had a good showing in each episode. But her talent really shined through when she won the main make challenge in episode 8. Potters were asked to make abstract self-sculptures. Christine wowed judges and the audience alike with her self-sculpture titled “Strength”.

Christine has continued her work in pottery. You can check out her latest work and follow her by visiting her website at this link.

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Check out Christine’s work on Instagram.

Who won The Great Pottery Throw Down Season 5?

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Photo from Love Productions

AJ Simpson won season 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down. The final challenge completed by the contestants was to create a garden totem sculpture.

At the time of the show, AJ was a 21-year-old design graduate student at the Grays School of Art. Their style is unique and brightly colored. Often, the end result is a fun character.

AJ is from Aberdeen and is currently a student at the Grays School of Art. You can see their artworks and follow them at following this link to their website.

Who are the judges for The Great Pottery Throw Down season 5?

Judge: Keith Brymer Jones

Keith Brymer Jones has judged all 5 seasons of The Great Pottery Throw Down. He’s been a well-known potter even before his debut as a judge. He sells his homewares as an individual artisan. He’s most commonly known for printing retro words and letters on the sides of his wares.

You can visit his site here.

He’s typically the harshest judge with criticism. But he’s also the most likely to get emotional over a special piece of ceramics. In fact, it’s become a bit of a national treasure seeing Keith Brymer Jones cry. And of course, the internet has made it a meme, gif, and everything else.

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Judge: Richard Miller

In the first several seasons, Rich acted as the ceramics technician earning himself the nickname “Kiln Man Rich”.

In seasons 4 and 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down, Richard “Rich” Miller acts as judge.

He is a significant potter himself. His style is elegant and intricate. Check out his website and portfolio at this link.

Get to know The Great Pottery Throw Down Host from season 5

Actress Siobhan McSweeney has acted as host and presenter for season 4 and season 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down. She broke her leg and had to sit out for the second part of the fifth season.

Siobhán grew up in Cork and is Irish. She’s best known for her roles in the drama series, The Fall as Mary McCurdy and especially for her role in Derry Girls as Sister Michael. Derry Girls is a beloved comedy.

Ellie Taylor has subbed in for Siobhán McSweeney (who was injured and had to sit out) as host and presenter for season 5 of The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Taylor has been a regular face on panel shows like 8 Out of 10 Cats and has a prominent role as Flo ‘Sassy’ Collins on the hit show Ted Lasso. She brings clever, light-hearted humor to the show.

Conclusion

What are you waiting for?! Go watch the show and report back! We’d love to hear what your favorite episode is! Simply send us an email at hello@wheelandclay.com or leave a comment below.

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About The Author

Hi, I'm Kristen! I've been making ceramics for almost 15 years. As a certified teacher, I taught kindergarten through 8th grade for almost a decade. I’m now regularly in my neighborhood studio where I’m trying out new things and getting better at the craft!

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