Strikingly beautiful, eminently practical, refreshingly affordable. These are the enduring values bequeathed to Portmeirion by its legendary co-founder and designer, Susan Williams-Ellis. Her father, architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, was the designer of Portmeirion, the North Wales village whose fanciful architecture has drawn tourists and artists from around the world (including the creators of the classic 1960s TV show The Prisoner). Inspired by her fine arts training and creation of ceramic gifts for the village's gift shop, Susan Williams-Ellis (along with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis) founded Portmeirion Pottery in 1960. After 50+ years of innovation, the Portmeirion Group is not only an icon of British design, but also a testament to the extraordinarily creative life of Susan Williams-Ellis.
The style of Portmeirion dinnerware and serveware is marked by a passion for both pottery manufacturing and trend-setting design. Beautiful, tactile, nature-inspired patterns are a defining quality of Portmeirion housewares, from its world-renowned botanical designs modeled on antiquarian books to the breezy, natural colors of its porcelain and earthenware. Today, the Portmeirion Group's design legacy continues to evolve, through iconic brands such as Spode, the Pomona Classics collection, and the award-winning collaboration of Sophie Conran for Portmeirion.
Pomona for Portmeirion:
Classical in both its inspiration and its style, the Pomona Collection from Portmeirion Group is a garden of earthly delights. Named for the ancient Roman goddess of fruit and abundance, its lifelike patterns and fruit motifs are inspired by a collection of early 19th-century books of hand-colored botanical drawings. The Pomona Collection was introduced in 1982 by legendary designer and Portmeirion co-founder Susan Williams-Ellis, whose iconic garden- and botanical-themed designs are still among the world's most popular casual tableware motifs.
The Pomona Collection's intricately detailed botanical drawings feature green leaf borders and multi-color fruit displays on a background of high-fired white earthenware. Each distinctive motif bears an elegant cursive title to indicate its botanical origins. These include The Hoary Morning Apple, The Teinton Squash Pear, The Wild Blackberry, The Roman Apricot, Grimwoods Royal George (Peach), and The Late Duke Cherry. Together, the multiple motifs and dishes of the Pomona Collection of serveware, dinnerware, and drinkware create bountiful opportunities for mixing and matching sets. Made of dense earthenware, these pieces are dishwasher-, microwave-, freezer-, and oven-safe (to 350°F). Give nature its fullest expression in every season and setting with the Pomona Collection from Portmeirion.