Adderley Ceramics is run by husband-and-wife team Phil and Trish Davis, who were both born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent. When they left school, they worked for Aynsley China, and then in 1996 set out on their own. The Davises began making Brown Betty teapots in 2009 when they saw a gap in the market. They based their version on a 1920s teapot that friend Peter Hollingsworth found in his dad’s garden shed. “The Betty teapot is a well-known British icon,” Trish says. “It is a very difficult product to manufacture, and it’s very labour intense, but we do like a challenge.”
Other countries have copied the Brown Betty style, and you’ll find much discussion on the Internet about what distinguishes an authentic one. Don’t be misled by foreign copies. A bona fide Brown Betty must be made in Staffordshire, England, from the red clay that was discovered there more than 320 years ago. Rest assured that when you serve tea in a genuine Brown Betty teapot, you are holding a bit of British history and tradition in your hand.
Betty Terry, former associate editor of TeaTime, received her first Brown Betty teapot as a Christmas gift in 2013 and has collected her namesake teapot ever since. She is now the proud owner of eight Brown Bettys, and she agrees with generations of Englishmen who believe these make a superior pot of tea.