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Top of the Pots Opening for Clitheroe Ceramics Showcase

Matthew Wilcock, winner of TV’s the Great Pottery Throw Down, and Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate
Matthew Wilcock, winner of TV’s the Great Pottery Throw Down, and Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate
Published Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Top pottery from throughout the North has gone on display at Clitheroe’s Platform Gallery.

Clay Collective was opened by Ribble Valley Mayor Joyce Holgate and Matthew Wilcock, who triumphed in last year’s surprise TV hit the Great Pottery Throw Down.

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.

The exhibition also includes the Great Pottery Throw Down trophy, which was thrown and decorated by the programme’s judges, Keith Brymer Jones and Kate Malone, and the work of winner Matthew, whose pottery marries technical ability with astonishing artistry.

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 is displaying his work and the trophy he won for the Great Pottery Throw down.”

The exhibition is 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 until 8 October and further details are available on 01200 425566.

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