Collection Information.

A selection of pots on a lawn

Compton Pottery

The Potters’ Arts Guild was founded in 1904 by artist and designer Mary Watts.

The aim was to promote traditional craft practices and create jobs for the local community. Mary said of the Guild: ‘No one can do better than to try to make a delightful village industry. Beautiful things beautifully made by people in beautiful country’.

The Guild produced a wide range of ceramics, jewellery and garden ware. Terracotta tombstones made by the pottery can still be seen by Watts Cemetery Chapel. The pottery thrived for over 50 years before closing in 1956.

"My hope is that Terra cotta shall be my future"

- Mary Watts, 9 September 1894