Here is where we cobble together some of our thoughts, ideas and stories relating to pots and Butter Wynd Pottery.
Central to what we do is our clay which Sean digs from a location close to St Andrews. This is fairly unusual for potters to do this now, whereas it used to be the norm. 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 occasionally hold pottery classes, write articles and papers, read inspiring books on subjects from economics to design, create promotional literature, blogs and websites. Christine also does live graphic illustration at events and conferences. We are inspired by the old country potters and interested in revisiting old ideas to see how they can be used today. We try to keep abreast of new ideas on sustainability. 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 like our farmers market, museum visits, pottery visits and digital networking. We love pots because of the way they play such an intimate part in our lives, especially around mealtimes.
You can see us and buy our pots at the St Andrews Farmers Market on the first Saturday of every month. Some of our pots are available at The Cheesery in Dundee, which is well worth a visit for their fantastic cheese! Our YouTube Channel shows some videos of how we make our pots. We also have a Facebook page.