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.
Spode for Portmeirion
Its history dates back to 1770, but Spode is always a la mode (as in "in style," but yes, you can also put ice cream on it). Since 2009, Spode has been part of the Portmeirion Group, the iconic British pottery company based in Stoke-on-Trent, England. It's an auspicious union, for Spode's own history began in Stoke-on-Trent over 250 years ago, when Josiah Spode the First bought land adjoining his small pottery factory and began his eponymous company. Spode's innovative techniques included the introduction and perfection of blue under-glaze transfer printing on earthenware in 1784, and, along with his son Josiah II, the perfection of the recipe for fine bone china, which revolutionized the pottery industry with its strength, superior quality, and translucent, brilliant white appearance.
The selection of contemporary Spode serveware, dinnerware, and drinkware is headlined by the Spode Baking Day collection. These playful, strikingly modern pieces are designed to bring fun into the kitchen. Their cheerful colors and white polka-dot patterns provide kitchen service with a smile, and their durable stoneware material can be safely used in freezers, ovens, dishwashers, and microwaves. Bring a great British brand home with the Spode Collection from Portmeirion Group.