Preston ceramics ace is top of the pots on TV show

Top potter: Matthew Wilcock teaches pottery in a school

Top potter: Matthew Wilcock teaches pottery in a school

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Preston’s Pottery Throw Down contestant Matthew Wilcock is top of the pots for the third week running as he sails into the final.

Matthew, 23, was awarded ‘top potter’ on the BBC 2 show by judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer-Jones and will appear in the show’s final which will be broadcast next week.

UCLan graduate Matthew, said: “I’m top potter for a third time. I’m trying not to think about it too much because I don’t want to go into the final feeling a bit too confident and making a fool of myself.”

Preston born and bred Matthew, who now lives in Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, where he teaches art in a school, added: “It’s literally anyone’s challenge for the taking.”

The Great Pottery Throw Down is a new TV series which sees contestants putting their ceramic skills to the test with different items each week.

This week’s semi-final saw the five remaining potters face their most difficult challenge yet when they were asked to create decorative chandeliers with bone china.

It was the end of the line for contestant Jane, but the judge’s loved Matthew’s effort, with Kate saying: “We wanted to see this lush, precious and lit-up cascade and we got it.”

Keith said of Matthew’s work: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic the way he’s used that repeating shape, the quilting effect that he’s got on there.

“I absolutely love it.”

Matthew’s dad, Geoff Wilcock, who works as a ceramic technician at UCLan, said he is proud of his son.

He said: “As his father, I’m overwhelmed. For Matthew to get through to the final four of about 2,500 people who applied is amazing.

“When he applied I did think he was going to get through to the final ten and get on the show as he has all the skills and techniques - he’s done very well.

“If he wins I’d be over the moon.”

The final episode of The Great Pottery Throw Down will be shown on BBC 2 on Tuesday, December 8 at 9pm.