The Brown Betty - The Archetypal Teapot

Spode -China Hall

A re-imagining of the archetypal teapot – the Brown Betty - by Ian McIntyre will be launched with an exhibition of an exclusive limited edition, available for sale through BCB.  This iconic object was designed and refined through a process of making which spans 300 years. Once made in its millions, it is still produced in Stoke from the original Etruria Marl red clay - the bed rock of the city - and glazed with the instantly recognisable Rockingham dark treacle glaze. Although part of the remarkable story of The Potteries, the Brown Betty teapot languishes in obscurity and struggles to be valued in a design-conscious marketplace. Pioneering a model of artist into industry Ian McIntyre has collaborated with Cauldon Ceramics, producers of the Brown Betty, to re-engineer the design to embody and progress the best of the DNA from the original and lift this overlooked icon into the 21st century.


Image: Ian McIntyre removing a Brown Betty from a mould. Image by Glen Stoker