Sky Vision, Love shape pottery format for MIPCOM

International distributor Sky Vision is taking the pottery competition series, The Great Pottery Throw Down, to the MIPCOM market in Cannes. (Pictured: host Sara Cox)
September 17, 2015

Sky Vision – the international distribution arm of UK broadcaster Sky – is set to launch The Great Pottery Throw Down, a pottery competition series from Great British Bake Off producer Love Productions, at Cannes’ MIPCOM market.

The 6 x 60-minute series, produced for BBC2, will see 10 challenging potters of all ages putting their skills, patience and creativity to the test over the course of a five-day period, taking their slabs of clay to the kiln.

Presented by English broadcaster Sara Cox (pictured), each hour-long episode will conclude with the reveal of the “Main Make,” which the contestants will present straight from the kiln to some of the pottery world’s most renowned potters, judges Keith Brymer-Jones and Kate Malone.

“What’s great about this format is that pottery has an in-built narrative, from throwing, to glazing, to firing; with plenty of opportunities for both triumph and disaster,” said Barnaby Shingleton, director of entertainment and factual at Sky Vision, in a statement. “This is hotter and messier than baking and offers a revealing insight into how people create beautiful objects familiar to us all.”

“We’ve wanted to tackle pottery on television for some time as there is something unique about making household objects that we use every day but will also last centuries after we’ve gone,” added Richard McKerrow, joint CEO and creative director at Love Productions. “We’ve tried to have a lot of fun with the subject and we hope to capture people’s imagination with this rather extraordinary process.”

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