Our contemporary country pottery is inspired by the traditional pottery of Britain, created using local clay and only a few other materials, they were made and decorated with a directness and a lack of fuss that make them distinctively handsome. These pots, like ours, were meant to be used and it is through use that they are most enjoyed.
Sean digs clay from a location close to St Andrews, at the site of Seafield Pottery Brick and Tile Works. This is fairly unusual for potters to do this now. Once cleaned and prepared, it is made into lovely warm pots for the home; and Christine decorates some of them. Sean also makes garden pots, currently using a commercially mixed clay from Valentines. We revisit the old ideas and methods of making to see how they can be used today while keeping abreast of new ideas on sustainability and technological developments.
We are also influenced by our teaching work at the University of Dundee. Our enthusiasm for our pottery and for making things has meant we have met lots of interesting people through activities such as our farmers market, museum visits, pottery visits and digital networking. We occasionally hold pottery classes, write articles and papers, create promotional literature, blogs and websites. Christine also does live graphic illustration at events and conferences.
You can see us and buy our pots at our occasional stand at the fantastic Fife Farmers Markets held in St Andrews and Cupar. Some of our pots are available at The Cheesery in Dundee, which is well worth a visit for their wonderful cheese! Our YouTube Channel shows some videos of how we make our pots. Butter Wynd Pottery news can be found on our Facebook page.