Top of the pots for ceramics ace Matthew

Star: Matthew Wilcock
Star: Matthew Wilcock
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A Preston teacher’s pottery skills are showing no signs of cracking under the pressure as his heads into the next round a hit TV show.

Matthew Wilcock, 23, is into the fourth week of the sleeper BBC2 hit ‘The Great British Throw Down’ which is pitting budding potters against one another.

Matthew has used clay all his life, his early experiences were in our workshop

The former UCLan and Broughton High School student, known for his distinctive dreadlocks and eccentric attire, was even crowned ‘top potter’ in a task to create 10 vases.

Matthew’s dad Geoff, himself a technician at UCLan’s ceramics department, is over the moon about his son’s success.

He said: “Matthew has used clay all his life, his early experiences were in our workshop.

“This replaced the normal childhood experiences of Lego and Playdo.”

This week the potters played with fire during their main task, when judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones asked them to make 10 identical long-necked vases using the raku technique.

Matthew, who teaches ceramics at a boarding school in 
Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, also exhibits his work around the country.

Dad Geoff said: “It is a very tough field, which is why he decided to have a dual career path.

“He enjoys passing on traditional skills to the next generation.”

In the past Matthew has also clocked 2400 miles on a solo bike ride from John’O’Groats to the cobbled streets of 
Morocco in a record of 23 days.

The Great British Throw Down is screened on Tuesdays, on BBC2 at 9pm.