Siobhán McSweeney hosts, as judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller set more challenges than you can throw your crockery at.
In this first episode, the potters take on a birthday tea set challenge, and a surprise second challenge that sees them making handleless milk jugs that must survive the bucket of doom.
As the battle of clay kicks off at the wheel, who will be named potter of the week and who will be first to leave the pottery? Meet the twelve potters for the new series here:
The Great Pottery Throwdown returns Sunday 8th January on Channel 4.