Anyone else been totally inspired by the Great Pottery Throw Down? I know, right?
As The Guardian reports, this quirky little reality maker show (the edgier, cooler younger art-school sister of the Bake Off) screened over six dark winter evenings culminating in last night's grand final and has sparked an upsurge in sales of pottery materials, a flood of bookings onto throwing courses and an upturn in sales of handmade ceramics.
I've loved it; not all of the forms and definitely not some of the finishes - I'm more of a minimalist, clean lines kind of a wannabe potter than an experimental glaze and floral kind - but the techniques, the ease with which those potters threw, cajoled and moulded their creations into life was almost mesmeric. I am hooked and I want to have a go NOW. Plus those aprons and artfully splattered dungarees. I'm sold.
Clearly, I'm going to be marvellous at pottery so in anticipation of my future success *ahem*, I've put together a collection of inspirational ceramics on Pinterest (where else?).
And if you missed the show, you can catch it on iPlayer for a while longer. I suggest you make a pot of Earl Grey in a beautifully turned, non-leaky hand-thrown teapot and settle down under a lambswool blanket cradling an earthenware mug and e-n-j-o-y.