Sunday 19 November 2017

Meet the hunky winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down who will set your kiln on fire

Ryan Barrett, from Suffolk, before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down
Ryan Barrett, from Suffolk, before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down
Clover, Richard and Ryan Barrett from Suffolk, (right) before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Ryan Barrett, from Suffolk, before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

This is the winner of BBC's The Great Pottery Throw Down - a show you likely haven't heard of, but now regret missing.

Ryan Barrett (31) from Suffolk, (who is unsurprisingly a male model), first began his foray into the the pottery world two years during a particularly memorably Tinder date.

"I first touched clay by going on a first date from Tinder just under two years ago," he explained.

"I instantly fell in love with it. I went on eBay straight away and brought my first wheel and kiln and moved them into my grandma's shed."

Clover, Richard and Ryan Barrett from Suffolk, (right) before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Clover, Richard and Ryan Barrett from Suffolk, (right) before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down.

He was the early frontrunner to take home the main prize, winning the coveted Top Potter prize in the first episode, the equivalent to the Great British Bake Off's star baker accolade.

And he's no "male model" who walks around shopping centres shirtless to promote a new store - he fronted a Versace campaign with Gisele Bundchen and is represented by Models 1 in London.

The handsome artist is now spreading his love of pottery around his adopted home of Shoreditch at - where else? - the gym.

"Recently I was in the gym and a young guy said to me that I had inspired him to take up pottery," he added.

"So I think it has reached out to different markets, I don't think potters are stereotypical, especially in London at the moment. Ceramic fairs are very cool, so I think there is a kind of hipster style to it at the moment, and I hope I have had a little impact on the craft itself."

As if that wasn't enough, his grandmother was the first person he called after winning the pottery programme.

Ryan Barrett, from Suffolk, before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down
Ryan Barrett, from Suffolk, before he was crowned winner of The Great Pottery Throw Down

"The final was such a lovely day but very overwhelming, I couldn't believe it all happened. After I won I called my grandma, and she asked how much I had won. I had to tell her that there was no money involved, bless her," he said.

We never did find out how that Tinder date worked out...

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