Plain, however dependable, the Brown Betty teapot has earned a spot in British historical past.
By Betty Terry • Photography by Jim Bathie
In the Midlands of England, about 160 miles northwest of London, lies town of Stoke-on-Trent. This a part of Staffordshire, which has earned the nickname the Potteries, has been the middle of English pottery-making because the Middle Ages. The pure assets essential to make pottery—clay, lead, salt, and coal—are present in abundance right here. In the 18th and 19th centuries, firms similar to Wedgwood, Spode, and Royal Doulton, spurred by British demand for teapots and teacups that rivaled Chinese porcelain, introduced renown to Staffordshire pottery.