It might be prompted by an especially beautiful tea set, or a particularly good bowl-making effort by The Great Pottery Throw Down contestants who compete to impress him in every episode of the Channel 4 hit show, but one thing we can be certain of each week is that we’ll see Keith Brymer Jones cry.
The Throw Down judge’s emotional outpourings have drawn much comment but is wrong to think that showing emotion is a weakness, he told The Big Issue. Crying on air is a “sign of strength”.
“Pottery is so fundamental to my life that I can’t help but get emotional about it,” added Brymer Jones.
“Showing that emotion on television is not a problem for me. A lot of people, especially males, see showing your vulnerable side as a weakness. I would beg to differ. I would say it’s exactly the opposite. It’s definitely a sign of strength to show your vulnerability and be the person you are and communicate that.”
After struggling with education due to his dyslexia – “in school in the ’80s, if you had dyslexia you were considered thick” – Brymer Jones discovered a love of clay when he was allowed to go and “play” in the art room.
He went on to train as a professional potter, while at the same time fronting a punk band called The Wigs. “I became more confident and more outgoing,” he said of his time as a singer.