Pottery Experts Say ‘Hey to Clay’ in Creative Pottery Challenge

​19/04/2017

Cardiff School of Art and Design held ‘The Great Welsh Throw Down Challenge’ at its ceramics workshop facility - one of the largest ceramics centers in Europe.

The University recently opened up the doors to its ceramics facilities to host a Hey Clay! event as part of series of nationwide events initiated by the Crafts Council in the UK to celebrate clay.

Inspired by the BBC TV show The Great Pottery Throwdown, Cardiff Met School of Art and Design held ‘The Great Welsh Throw Down Challenge’ at its ceramics workshop facility in Llandaff, one of the largest ceramics centers in Europe.

BBC Wales filmed the university’s version of the popular programme, which reversed the usual format letting the experts take part in the pottery challenges as contestants, while students from Cardiff School of Art and Design ceramics courses set and judged the challenges.

Five experts rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in to five clay challenges ranging from slab building to turning fine porcelain thrown vessels.

The expert ceramicists involved were: Sean Gordon, Duncan Ayscough, Huw Raine, Mick Morgan and Harriet McCormick. The winner was a tie-break between Sean Gordon and Harriet McCormick and a re-match will take place soon.

The student challenge setters were: Charlotte Manser, final year BA Ceramics student; Charles Conreur, MA Ceramics; Georgie Phillips, final year BA Ceramics student; Spencer Penn, final year BA Ceramics student; Alison Graham, alumni; and Siamak Faroutan, MA Ceramics.

Ceramics Senior Lecturer and Programme Director at the National Centre for Ceramics Studies in Wales, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Dr Natasha Mayo said: “In the ceramics department we prize skill-share initiatives both within the school and through devising external events.

“Our network of ceramic artists across the UK greatly informs teaching and enhances the students’ professional prospects.  The 'Hey Clay' event gives us the chance to do what we do best - share and explore material practice with high-end innovative practitioners."