Teapot Pottery - Carters of Suffolk
Tony & Anita Carter set up their pottery in the beautiful village of Debenham set deep in the Suffolk countryside over thirty six years ago. Back in 1978 the pottery (which was originally known as Kiln Cottage Pottery) started making unusual teapots together with ‘avant garde’ mugs, vases, ashtrays etc and quickly gained an international market for their unique ceramics. Customers past and present include Harrods of Knightsbridge and Harrods International, Heals, Liberty, Fortnum & Mason, Coin (Italy), Macy’s and Bloomingdales (USA), Cunard Lines (Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth II cruise ships), The Royal Yacht Britannia, Selfridges, Art Graphica (Russia), Peters of Kensington (UK/Aus) and many more.
Today the pottery mainly designs and makes collectable teapots, each one being carefully cast and painted by hand, resulting in no two teapots being exactly the same. On the underside of the full size pots you will see it is numbered, relating to the year of design and its production. This of course adds greatly to their uniqueness, making them collectables. The pottery is known as one of England’s leading makers of handmade collectable teapots, supplying shops and stores throughout the UK with over 70% of the pottery/output exported throughout the world.
In 2013 Anita sadly passed away, and Tony, wishing to continue as a potter, rather than the businessman that he had of necessity become, sold the Teapot Pottery to Brett Hawksbee. Brett has retained Tony as Lead Designer, an arrangement which allows Tony to spend just a little more time sailing with family and friends, (this interest is often seen in the pottery’s nautical range). But as Tony now has teapots firmly ‘in his blood’, he can still be found at the pottery most days, working on new designs, thereby keeping the collection constantly changing. This year we are delighted to offer the most comprehensive range ever made by the pottery, with almost 100 products.
Tony’s inspiration comes from constant observation of life backed by a thorough understanding of the design of pottery. Teapot Pottery teapots have an almost timeless appeal, which frequently remind people of past pleasures and forgotten objects of yesterday. Many can truly claim to be design classics.
Now trading as ‘Carters of Suffolk’, The Teapot Pottery continues to produce unique ceramics and continues to supply many prestige companies around the globe and are currently working on many new projects with major ‘household names’ for new products in 2015.