Preston potter Christine Cherry gets to meet designer Orla Kiely and wins a place in next round of The Great Pottery Throwdown

Preston potter Christine Cherry's talent for ceramics has secured her a place in next week's episode of The Great Pottery Throwdown.

Youth worker Christine, a former teacher, who lives in Penwortham is now among the final six contestants in this year's Throwdown series.

Last Sunday evening, when episode six aired with a theme of the 1960s, competitors were asked to create a pair of vessels coated in a 1960s' style glaze.

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They also had to show their talent for decorating pottery with a colourful repeating pattern. The latter challenge was judged by designer Orla Kiely who is renowned for her work featuring repeat motifs.

Christine pictured at work on the ceramics which featured in last night's The Great Pottery Throwdown on Channel 4 TV photo: Love Productions

Posting on Facebook after the show Christine,57, said: "I absolutely loved this week as I got the chance to do some of the carving that I really enjoy doing. Although by doing this I did make glazing harder as I had to paint transparent glaze into all of the gaps that I had carved out and then individually paint coloured glazes into each and every squareI"

Earlier she wrote:"I still can't believe that we got to meet @orlakiely #stillpinchingmyself."

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For more on Christine's work for this year's The Great Pottery Throwdown see here and here and here

Chrstine's ceramics helped win her a place in next week's contest Photo: Love Productions
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Battling it out - the contestants in last night's episode of The Great Pottery Throwdown Photo: Love Productions
Attention to detail is essential in The Great Pottery Throwdown Photo: Love Productions