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Top of the Pots Matt to Open Clitheroe Ceramics Showcase

Matt Wilcock with great pottery throwdown trophy
Matt Wilcock with Great Pottery Throwdown Trophy
Published Thursday, 21 July 2016

A top potter who won last year’s surprise TV hit the Great Pottery Throw Down is to open a Clitheroe ceramics exhibition.

Matthew Wilcock, 23, who triumphed in the BBC2 show that put the nation in a spin, will open Clay Collective at the Platform Gallery in Station Road, Clitheroe.

The exhibition is being run in collaboration with the Northern Potters Association, whose members include some of the region’s top potters and ceramicists producing sculptural, functional, fine art and decorative pottery.

Clay Collective will showcase their work, including that of Matthew Wilcock, whose pottery marries technical ability with astonishing artistry.

The exhibition will also include the Great Pottery Throw Down trophy, which was thrown and decorated by the programme’s judges, Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone.

Platform Gallery supervisor and curator Helen Cresswell said: “Clay Collective is a fantastic opportunity for pottery enthusiasts to see the work of the finest potters and ceramicists in the North.

“There is a vibrant and active pottery community in the region and some fantastically talented potters are taking part in this superb exhibition, including Matthew Wilcock, who is an emerging talent in British ceramics.

“We are absolutely thrilled that Matthew will be officially opening the exhibition for us, as well as displaying his work and the trophy he won for the Great Pottery Throw down.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a pop-up pottery studio in the Platform Gallery education room, where members of the public can try their hand at working with clay.

The Platform Gallery is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturdays 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am to 4pm.

Clay Collective runs from 23 July until 8 October and further details are available on 01200 425566

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