Seth Rogen’s reality show is creative, but intensely stressful

You might not think of pottery as a stressful activity, but that’s definitely the case on CBC’s new show. Great Canadian pottery thrown to the ground (premieres Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBC TV, available for streaming on CBC Gem)hosted by Jennifer Robertson (Ginny and Georgia), with Seth Rogen.

“That’s exactly what we were aiming for, I think, and to show people how complex and elaborate ceramics are, it’s not just about making a mug and throwing it in,” Robertson said. Yahoo Canada.

For my part, I have loved pottery all my life, I don’t know how to make pottery. …I learned, like you, while I was on the field, that this was not a relaxed, relaxing Sunday morning game. They’re giant piles of clay and there’s a lot of…sweat and tears to make these things. »

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What is “The Great Canadian Thrown Pottery” about?

Based on the original British concept, the principle of Great Canadian pottery thrown to the ground is that Canada’s most talented potters were brought in to showcase their skills. Over the course of eight episodes, the 10 competitors will create their best creations, according to the challenge theme, and one person will be named “Canada’s best potter”.

While similar competitions, like some based on food or other projects, often have moments where you think things might fall apart, it’s even more intense in the case of pottery. Even a small, unexpected crack can lead to complete destruction.

In the first episode, these talented artists are tasked with creating a piece paying homage to their hometown.

“It was the perfect challenge for the first episode, because you really get to know the potters,” Robertson said. “I just see them making these pieces that represent their hometowns and having conversations with them. There’s so much that you don’t see on screen about what that means to them.”

“It was so personal and there are a lot more very personal challenges that come up in the later episodes as well. So you really support them and luckily, that’s my job as a host, is just to encourage everyone and support them, and try to make a few jokes to break the ice a little.”

Seth Rogen at the 29th Critics’ Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar on January 14, 2024 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Variety via Getty Images)

“He is very serious about pottery”

Great Canadian pottery thrown to the ground also begins with a mini-challenge offered by Rogen, who is an executive producer on the series and will also be featured as a guest judge.

Rogen commissions the potters to create an ashtray, similar to the one sold by the company he co-founded, Houseplant, and we even get to see Rogen make one himself before our eyes.

“He’s so fun. He’s so funny, but he’s very serious about pottery, which is really interesting,” Robertson shared. “He’s so invested in making all the potters work and he wants them to have a choice of glazes and all those things.”

“So him and Natalie [Waddell] and Brendan [Tang], [the] two judges, they never stop talking about pottery. It was really sweet and lovely to see them say, “What about that oven?” Have you tried this type of wheel? »

Jennifer Robertson, Seth Rogan, Natalie Waddell, Brendan Tang in The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down on CBC

Jennifer Robertson, Seth Rogan, Natalie Waddell, Brendan Tang in The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down on CBC

Robertson herself has her own personal collection of pottery that she purchased, but she also learned a lot more after participating in this exhibition.

“The appreciation I now have for pottery in my own home, knowing what’s in it, is increased tenfold,” she said.

The Great Canadian Pottery Throw Down premieres on Thursday, February 1st. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on CBC TV and is available to stream for free on CBC Gem.

Alice Williamson

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