ElectricBoogaloo February 12, 2017 Share February 12, 2017 Wow, the throw down challenge this week was so complicated. I've never seen a double walled pot before but it was SO cool to watch Keith demonstrate how to make one. Love that they cut everyone's in half so we could see the inner structure. I wanted to reach through my tv and swat the host away when she kept nosing in while the contestants were making their pots. They have ten minutes so back away, lady! Clover's looked so great, as did Richard's and Ryan's. If Elaine and Daniel had had a few more minutes, they would have been able to close theirs properly. Congratulations to Richard for winning this one! Ryan and Clover were right on his heels. I was surprised that Cáit's bumpy rippled pot didn't come in last. The casserole handle spot challenge was hilarious. The 13 year old in me will never tire of all the pulling jokes. I'm glad Daniel was able to do so well after his last place finish in the throw down challenge. His choices were traditional but so well done. I loved Clover's twisted handles, but putting them right on the rim made me afraid that they would break off more easily. Cait's pigtail handle on the lid was a cute idea. I agree that the handles on the casserole were a little small. I know that when I take something out of the oven, I want the handles to be big enough to securely wrap a pot holder. Loved Ryan's twisted handles. The one on the lid was a little tall, as the judges said, but if he had anchored the bases a little further apart, I think it would have been fine. Richard's sloped handles were interesting to look at, but not practical. Elaine's, in contrast, were very functional. Adding the little button detail also hid where she joined the handles to the lids/casseroles. Freya's fancy knots were very pretty but not very practical at all. James went plain, which is fine with me, but his lack of attention to detail did him in. They have to be placed symmetrically! Nam's twists were so different from everyone else's. The shapes he made for the handles were very whimsical which I loved. Yay for Elaine getting first place! Not surprised that Daniel got second, but very happy that Nam got third. I wasn't super excited about clocks, but I liked that it gave the contestants a lot of creativity to make large pieces. I'm a chicken so I would have made one to hang rather than stand. It was great to see the contestants helping each other carry their clocks into the drying room. It was also very sweet to see so many people rushing to help Nam hang his clock. LOVED Ryan's turquoise and black sunburst clock. It was very striking and joining all those pieces showed technical skill. i didn't realize until I saw the close up shots that he alternated the black pieces so that ever other one curled out. The structure of Freya's mother time clock was okay to me (even though I wasn't crazy about the creepy doll face) but I HATED the way she painted it. The end result was something that looked like found art. It looked like a bunch of dirty crap from a junkyard glued together with a clock face slapped on. I agreed with Kate when she described it as a sculpture with a clock. Keith was kind when he described it as an acquired taste. I loved Nam's feather clock. He did so much work creating all those feathers and the effect was beautiful. For something so solid, it looked very delicate. Clover's tree of life clock wasn't my cup of tea, but it was constructed well and it was unique without being too weird. I liked the twisted green pieces she added to the top of the tree. I didn't get the little people, but they didn't bother me. And I give her credit for using oxide again after she didn't get the effect she wanted last week. Oh, Daniel. The concept was too simple. A clock made of cogs. I agreed with Kate that the cookie cutter cogs ended up looking like flowers. Elaine's clock was very artistic and modern but without being too weird. I love that she created the textures with nuts, bolts, and other pieces from her husband's lorry. The tiny cuckoo peeking out of the side at the bottom was a fun touch too. Ha, and I had to laugh when she said that she didn't make Keith cry. Richard's harvest jug clock was a failure on so many levels for me. I didn't like the original concept and it wasn't executed well. Aside from it warping, I also noticed that the paint wasn't applied evenly so there were spots where the paint was almost translucent right next to spots where the same paint was very opaque. Dude, it's only the second week and I'm so tired of James's industrial/graffiti aesthetic. It's just not for me. It doesn't help that when I see the way he decorates his pieces, I think that I could do that and I am the last creative or artistic person ever. This clock was a rectangular box with messy paint slapped on. Cáit's owl wasn't as bad as I though it would be when she started over. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise because she didn't have time to make the wings so she had to paint them on which I think worked out better in the end. Her color choices were great. The big red eyes were a good contrast with the light turquoise of the owl's body. I knew Daniel was a goner, but he had a very positive attitude about being eliminated. Richard is lucky that Daniel's clock was so disappointing. Yay for Elaine getting pot of the week! I would have given it to Ryan, but I can see why the judges liked Elaine's. Link to comment
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