Bury St Edmunds Great Pottery Throw Down star Henry Moore to share love of craft with plans to launch community creative hub
A young potter who starred in a TV competition plans to launch a community creative hub to give people of all abilities the chance to try their hand at ceramics.
Henry Moore, of Bury St Edmunds, competed on The Great Pottery Throw Down and wants to share his skills and passion for the craft to inspire others.
He is applying for funding from the Arts Council for the hub, which he would like to establish in or just outside of Bury.
The 25-year-old, who left the Channel 4 contest in the seventh episode of the 10-part series, said: “I’ve always enjoyed teaching and doing classes. There isn’t much funding for the arts in schools any more.
“Students, when they get into sixth form and higher education, might not realise ceramics is available to them. I think it comes across as really inaccessible and I want to make it available and accessible to people.”
The hub would focus mainly on ceramics as well as other forms of art and would be open to people of all backgrounds and abilities.
“I would run total beginner classes for people who’ve never even seen clay before, workshops for people who want to learn specific things and the chance for artists to rent out space,” he said.
Henry began pottery in his third year of university about four years ago and his family and girlfriend encouraged him to apply for the show, which pitted 12 of ‘Britain’s best home potters’ against each other to be crowned best at the wheel.
Filmed from August to October last year, Henry was praised by the judges for his ‘exquisite’ and ‘beautiful’ work.
Among his efforts, he created a 3D building, bulbous vases inspired by his budgies Bonnie and Clyde, a fruit bowl and a bust of Ozzy Osbourne.
Henry, who is working as a full time potter, said: “The experience was really eye-opening and really freeing. It allowed me to be the artist I couldn’t be without that experience.
“There was so much that I learnt. The whole experience of being an artist, with all those people I met and all those other potters, I feel like I can be a better human now.”
He said the competition’s winner Jodie Neale ‘will be an inspiration to other people’.
“I’ve had so much positive feedback,” Henry said. “Everyone has really enjoyed the show. It’s the wholesome imagery everyone needed. It came at the right time.”
Anyone interested in the community hub, can email Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org