Purling London Art Chess set on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’

The Great Pottery Throwdown Chess
Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’, featuring Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess
Images: from Channel 4

Purling London’s Art Chess collaboration with artist Lhouette was featured by the Channel 4 television series, ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’ on 15th January 2020.  This show, hosted by Melanie Sykes, is a competition along similar lines to the Great British Bake Off, in which contestants battle for first place, by aiming to demonstrate their superior creative ideas and technical skills in order to impress the judges. The 3rd series of this show, started broadcast in December last year.

Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess set on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown (Copyright: Love Productions / Channel 4)

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 The Great Pottery Throwdown Chess close up of the coloured pawns
Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess set on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown

The programme contacted us to loan a 1 of 1, hand-painted Purling London Art Chess set to inspire their contestants during the chess set sculpting episode. After some deliberation the programme’s team chose the striking Art Chess set Lhouette x Purling London ‘More or Less – Duck’ inspired by Maximalism and Pop art. This set’s equally striking partner, “More or Less – Eyes” was exhibited at the prestigious and historic Christie’s Auction House in 2018. 

The Great Pottery Throwdown Chess with Purling London Art Chess
Presenter Melanie Skyes on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’, featuring Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess
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Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess set on The Great Pottery Throwdown  and one of the contestants working on her chess set
Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess set on Channel 4’s The Great Pottery Throwdown and one of the contestants working on her chess set
Great Pottery Throw Down chess set Lhouette Purling London with close up of the coloured pieces
Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess ‘More or Less – Duck’

 Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throwdown chess challenge
Location for Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’
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The Great Pottery Throwdown chess close up of the Knight
Purling London on Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’
amazing coloured chess set on Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throwdown Chess
Channel 4’s ‘The Great Pottery Throwdown’, featuring Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess

 

Channel 4 The Great Pottery Throw Down chess with Purling London Art Chess board by Lhouette
Lhouette x Purling London Art Chess ‘More or Less – Duck’

This elaborate chess set, designed and hand made by Pop-artist Lhouette in England. It incorporates a Victorian-style silver frame with a bold and eccentric ‘Maximalist’ painting beneath a transparent Perspex chess board. The painting is designed to hung on the wall when not being played. The pieces are finished with 24 gold leaf, vibrant enamel paint and a deep lacquer.

Master potter Keith Brymer Jones and award-winning ceramicist Sue Pryke were tasked with judging the contestants’ Purling London-inspired chess sets. 

SHOP LHOUETTE HERE

SHOP ART CHESS HERE

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE ON CHANNEL 4 ON DEMAND
(UK only, Episode 2)

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