John Adams set up Adams China in Staffordshire, Britain, which became known as the Brick House Works during the 17th century. In the early years, the factory focused on recreating models that were brought in from the Far East.
John was very innovative and invented an ironstone formula. It was an instant success overtaking the then popular earthenware market. This enabled the company to focus on manufacturing white ironstone, pottery and cookware. In 1779 , the son of John Adams, William, opened the Greengates factory in Tunstall, England, which remained their main location until it closed during the 1990s.