Plain, but reliable, the Brown Betty teapot has earned a place in British history.
By Betty Terry • Photography by Jim Bathie
In the Midlands of England, about 160 miles northwest of London, lies the city of Stoke-on-Trent. This part of Staffordshire, which has earned the nickname the Potteries, has been the center of English pottery-making since the Middle Ages. The natural resources necessary to make pottery—clay, lead, salt, and coal—are found in abundance here. In the 18th and 19th centuries, companies such as Wedgwood, Spode, and Royal Doulton, spurred by British demand for teapots and teacups that rivaled Chinese porcelain, brought renown to Staffordshire pottery.