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Dolly Parton and Ozzy Osbourne help Great Pottery Throw Down Bury St Edmunds contestant Henry Moore through to next stage of TV show




Music legends Dolly Parton and Ozzy Osbourne helped Suffolk's Great Pottery Throw Down contestant through to the next stage of the TV competition.

Henry Moore, from the Bury St Edmunds area, and his fellow potters created life-like busts of music legends on tonight's episode of the Channel 4 show.

The 25-year-old was able to 'channel his inner prince of darkness' after he produced a bust of Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Henry Moore on The Great Pottery Throw Down
Henry Moore on The Great Pottery Throw Down

At the start of the programme, the nine remaining contestants were treated to a video message from country music legend Dolly Parton, who wished them 'good luck'.

She said: "I'm just thrilled to know that one of you's going to be making a bust of me.

"Well, I've got big hair and big...well, you're going to need a lot of clay."

Henry admitted his bust looked 'a little bit more like Darth Vader than Ozzy Osbourne' after the front of it fell off and feared it might be 'time to say goodbye to everyone'.

Judge Keith Brymer Jones said it was 'very hard to tell' who the bust represented as it was in pieces.

However, he made it through to the next round of the competition despite the setback.

The potters also had 90 minutes to create a 20cm version of a musical instrument, with Henry crafting a banjo.

Judge Rich Miller said the quality of Henry's construction was 'bang on' and praised his 'beautiful' work.

Ranking the instruments, his banjo was in sixth place.

Henry, who works as an activities organiser in a residential home, has been potting for five years and was first introduced to clay at university where he taught himself to throw on a disused kick wheel.

Last week, he won praise after producing vases inspired by his budgies Bonnie and Clyde with their feathers used for decoration.

Born and brought up in Ipswich, he has previously said the show had broadened his artistic horizons.

“It’s given me a self-confidence boost and a real artistic kick up the butt,” he said.

“I feel liberated as an artist and my passion and enthusiasm has been significantly improved and brought to the forefront thanks to this filming experience.”

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