Homeowner and collector Steve Dowty says that British pottery complements the vintage American pieces in his displays. Three of his favorites are Martin Brothers, Bretby, and Ault. Martin Brothers (1877–1923) The four Martin brothers were famous for their eccentric, often grotesquely modeled figurines—such as their “Wally Birds”—and for wheel-thrown ceramics. They specialized in a distinctive type of salt-glazed stoneware with an orange-peel texture reminiscent of work in the Middle Ages. Bretby Art Pottery (1883–1933) Founded by Henry Tooth and William Ault, Bretby produced both inexpensive pressed pottery, often figural animals and birds, and more costly thrown wares. Innovative finishes imitating bronze, copper, steel (and also wood) are a Bretby trademark. Ault Pottery (1887–1923) William Ault left Bretby in 1887 to run his own pottery with his daughter Clarissa. He was known for colorful glazes in turquoise and yellow; Christopher Dresser designed for him in the 1890s, producing forms, such as his egg vases, that still look modern.