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A mum-of-two's pottery skills showed no sign of cracking under the pressure in the latest episode of a television show.

Jane Williams, 40, from Dyffryn Ardudwy in Gwynedd, is taking part in The Great Pottery Throw Down competition.

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.

The Japanese method of decorating and firing pots dates back to the 16th century and required the potters to remove their red-hot vases from the kiln before plunging them into a bin full of combustible materials, such as wood shavings.

For another test contestants had to produce the finest decoration they could muster on three jugs using slip - watered-down clay.

The ancient method enables potters to colour and pattern their work.

And in the so-called "throw down" potters had just 15 minutes at the wheel to produce exact copies of two ornate candlesticks created by master potter, Keith.

Kate complimented Jane on her work, saying: "This is a lovely communicative set.

"I like the continuity of the a pattern from outside the vase inside, there is a lot of energy."

Meanwhile Keith said he loved the shape of the vases but was unsure about the blue fleck Jane had used as decoration.

Bristol vet James, 31, lost this week and has left the show.

The next episode is on Tuesday, November 24, at 9pm on BBC2.


Jane |Williams has survived another week on The Great Pottery Throw Down

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Nov 19, 2015
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