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The Great Pottery Throw Down: Preview - BBC Two

Making a Japanese sake set with risky Raku firing - The Great Pottery Throw Down: Preview - BBC Two

Cait worries about the right time to remove her sake set from the fire.

It's week three and the eight remaining potters must master the art of Japanese style ceramics.

In the Throw Down, the potters have 15 minutes at the wheel to make as many rice bowls as they can. They must throw 'off the hump' - a technique which helps potters mass produce small pots very quickly.

For their Spot Test they must carefully pierce and carve an intricate design into a lantern using a technique known as 'the devil's work'.

And finally, in the Main Make, the potters must throw a sake set consisting of one bottle and six identical cups. They fire them using one of the most thrilling techniques in ceramics - Raku. Originating in 16th century Japan, this risky and volatile method of firing requires the potters to pull their burning sake sets out of the kiln before plunging them into a bin full of combustible materials.

The Great Pottery Throw Down: Preview - BBC Two

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