Matthew Wilcock, Giggleswick School’s Resident Potter, saw of competition from rivals Jim, Tom and Sally-Jo, to win the Grand Final of popular BBC pottery contest the Great Pottery Throw Down.
Matthew is the latest in a long line of potters who have enjoyed residency at Giggleswick School, teaching pottery and ceramics while carrying out their own work in the purpose-built studio within the Glover Art School.
We are delighted that Matthew’s remarkable creativity has been recognised,” says Mark Turnbull, Giggleswick School’s Headmaster. “He is a real inspiration to the pupils and it is wonderful to see the quality of work they produce in his lessons”.
Matthew was the youngest candidate on the show by ten years and was encouraged to apply for the programme after hearing about it as a member of the Northern Potters Group. “The auditions and interviews were intense but it has been so rewarding and it has given me so much more confidence. It really has been a once in a lifetime opportunity”.
Born in Preston, Lancashire, Matthew’s passion for ceramics came from his parents and his greatest inspiration has been his father, Geoff Wilcock, who has worked as a ceramics teacher and technician for over 40 years. Growing up, Matthew would help his father produce work for exhibitions and local businesses, learning different techniques and developing his subject knowledge.