Ramsgate jeweller and ceramicist in final of Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throw Down

Lois has been teaching pottery at St Lawrence, where her two sons are pupils

The community of St Lawrence College will be gathered around the TV on Sunday night to watch The Great Pottery Throwdown and cheer on junior school parent Lois Gunn.

Lois is through to the final of the Channel 4 series and says she has loved every minute of the competition.

Despite the busy schedule,  Lois has found time to help run a pottery workshops for the children at St Lawrence College, inspiring the next generation of potters. Amongst those cheering her on will be her sons Jacob in Year 6, Samuel in Year 4 and all their friends.

The Ramsgate jeweller and ceramicist is hoping to be named champion after making the cut to the final three out of 12 of Britain’s best home potters competing in the series, which kicked off on January 8.

The series is hosted by Siobhán McSweeney with judges Keith Brymer Jones – who is also from east Kent- and Rich Miller.

Lois, 36,  spent many years as a teacher but changed track and embarked on jewellery design, working in recycled sterling silver and gold and ceramics.

Her passions are recycled glass, the ocean, spirituality and ancient and modern tradition.

Lois discovered ceramics at Margate’s Clayspace Studios and now teaches at the venue.

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She previously told The Isle of Thanet News: “I always liked crafting at home with my mum and making salt dough creations was one of my favourite things to do together. I first went to a pottery drop session about 8 years ago and started doing pottery more regularly during lockdown.

“I make pottery at a studio in Margate and I also now share a little corner of my mum’s home studio where they let me store all my clay and glazes and even let me bring my kiln.

“I really enjoy making tiny sculpted porcelain pendants and a favourite is an oyster with a small gold pearl in it. I put this on a silver chain and a few friends and family have received one of these after some hints! I do love making pottery for my friends and family.

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“I’m not a tidy potter and I seem to always lose the tools I know I have just put down. I try to tidy up as I go now or my mind gets too messy.”

The Great Pottery Throw Down is on Channel 4 on Sunday at 7.45pm.