The Great Pottery Throw Down contestant Henry Moore, from Bury St Edmunds, wins praise from the judges
A young potter is winning praise for his craft on a national TV show.
Henry Moore, 25, is competing on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down which pits 12 of ‘Britain’s best home potters’ against each other to be crowned best at the wheel.
In the most recent episode, he was commended by the judges for his ‘exquisite’ and ‘beautiful’ work.
Henry, from the Bury St Edmunds area, said the experience has been ‘incredibly liberating’ but admitted keeping his role on the show a secret was ‘difficult’.
“The hardest part was trying to come up with cover stories for my Nana,” he said. “She normally knows all of my whereabouts, I felt pretty bad hiding it from her.”
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.
Throughout the series, the contestants create a variety of intricate pieces to be judged by a panel of experts.
Last week, they produced 3D buildings with Henry’s creation Falmouth Feeling winning acclaim from judge Rich Miller who hailed the brick walls of the building as ‘exquisite’.
Fellow judge Keith Brymer Jones also praised the ‘beautiful detail of the brickwork’.
Henry, who was born and brought up in Ipswich, said Rich was the judge he wanted to impress most.
“His knowledge and technical experience blows me away, if he was impressed with my work then I will have made myself very proud,” he said.
He said he was inspired to take up pottery as a stress reliever.
“Through the use of pottery and the time spent with the artistic people around me at the time, I was able to relax and focus myself and really really improve my wellbeing.”
Henry said the programme 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.”
After The Great Pottery Throw Down, he hopes to ‘jump head first into the pottery and art scene’.
Henry added: “I would love to make my dreams of being a fully fledged artist happen.”
The next episode airs on Sunday at 8pm on Channel 4.