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.
The pottery also developed Microtex, a more durable form of their ironstone formula.
Adams Pottery became part of the Wedgwood Group in 1966, with the intention of converting the factory to making giftware. However, this proved unprofitable and the company shifted to making hotelware, which although profitable initially, became unprofitable later on. Unfortunately, the Greengates factory was closed down by Wedgwood in 1992. After closing, somebody set fire to the factory and it was razed to the ground. A sad end to a three hundred year old company…