Portmeirion Pottery has a long and interesting history. Beginning in 1925 when architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis designed and built the village of Portmeirion in North Wales. Although born in England, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis came from a Welsh Family and he often stated that he could trace his ancestry back to Owain Gwynedd, a Welsh Prince. The Italian style village was used as the setting for the cult television series “The Prisoner” which ran in the 1960s. His daughter, Susan Williams Ellis, and founder of Portmeirion Pottery, ran the gift shop at the village from 1953. In 1960 Susan and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis purchased a small pottery in stoke on Trent called A.E.Gray Ltd and Susan began designing decorations for the pottery which were sold through the gift shop in the village. In 1961 Susan and Euan purchased a second and larger pottery also in Stoke on Trent called Kirkham. This new acquisition allowed Susan not only to create the designs it also allowed her to create the shapes and led to the successful company Portmeirion is today. Botanic Garden
, Portmeirion’s best known and most collected deign, was launched in 1972. It proved to be an instant success. The pattern featured accurate and detailed illustrations of native British plants and although the flower motifs have changed over the years the essence of Botanic Garden has stayed the same. In 1982 Susan launched the new Pomona
range. Similar in principle to Botanic Garden, Pomona only featured 6 main fruit designs and was produced on the new “Romantic Shape”. 1997 saw the launch of the Christmas Pattern Holly and Ivy
, based on a 17th century hymn the pattern has steadily grown in popularity and has become an important part of many people’s Christmas celebrations. New designs have continued to be added as well as retired with strong patterns such as Portmeirion Botanic Blue
and Crazy Daisy
standing the test of time. Variation on the Botanic Garden theme which are still available today include Exotic Botanic Garden
, featuring exotic flowers and foliage from around the world and Botanic Birds
, made mainly for the American market. Pomona has also seen a new updated pattern added to the range in 2015, Pomona Alfresco
. This is a bright Mediterranean take on this classic range. The greatest success story of the last few years comes from the collaboration between international designer Sophie Conran and Portmeirion. Sophie has designed several ranges of tableware based on her own design philosophy. She wanted to produce a tableware which was aesthetically pleasing and designed for every day use so it needed to be of good quality and ready to withstand the bumps and bashes of modern day family life. The Sophie Conran White range is now one of Portmeirion’s best selling patterns. 2015 saw the introduction of two new patterns into the Sophie Conran @ Portmeirion Collections. Sophie Conran Blue takes it’s inspiration from classic blue and white china but presented on Sophie Conran White and including four different blue motifs it has an unmistakable contemporary feel. To celebrate the festive season Sophie Conran Christmas was introduced in the second half of 2015. With an eclectic motif mix based on the traditional green and red Christmas colours it has already proved to be a much sought after design. With metal cookware and glassware also available, Portmeirion Sophie Conran
goes from strength to strength. Although keen to explore a host of different concepts Portmeirion continues to produce floral designs with a 21 centuary appeal. Water Garden
is a stylised design with a contemporary palette. The lastest collaboration with designer Ted baker has produced two main collections. Ted Baker Rosie Lee
is a fine bone china range decorated with striking colours and bold motifs. Ted Baker has also designed his Casual Collection
featuring some of Ted's best loved fabric prints: Langdon, Ancona, Blanchard and Balfour. Introduced in 2014 Portmeirion Coast
is decorated with deconstructed lines of worn jute linens in sea blue and sandy yellow. Coast is a beautiful collection that brings a little piece of seaside serenity to your dinner table. Portmeirion have also produced a number of ranges designed for children. With many pieces available in both pottery and melamine little fans of Thomas The Tank Engine
, Peppa Pig
and the Very Hungry Caterpillar
will be delighted. For something new for the table in 2016 Portmeirion are launching three new ranges. The first to be available in the "Enchanted Tree"
Collection. Delightfully whimsical, Enchanted Tree depicts the Tree of Life set in a beautiful garden full of birds, deer and rabbits. For retro style the new 2016 pattern Dandelion Clocks
is right on the money. This iconic design is rendered in subtle shades of grey and duck egg blue on fine porcelain. Inspired by Sanderson's retro collection Dandelion Clocks is perfect for modern living being oven, freezer, dishwasher and microwave safe. Following the success of Vintage Kelloggs Portmeirion have launched Vintage Kelloggs Sunrise
for 2016. The new design is aimed more at the UK market with motifs and designs taken from Kellogg's archives which were widely used in the UK. The collection makes the perfect breakfast or kitchen set and is guaranteed to brighten up the greyest of Monday Mornings. In the second half of 2016 Portmeirion have launched their collection of bold and bright mugs in the True Colours range
. With 4 character mugs and four colourful retro designs there is sure to be the perfect mug for you. If you are looking for a dinner service which offers understated elegance and style then Portmeirion Soho
maybe the perfect choice. Soho is made in the UK and is a contemporay white collection specifically designed for entertaining. The crisp white back drop is the perfect canvas for fine dining and good food. Introduced in September 2016, Soho offers beautifully sculptured shapes, wide rims and uncompromising quality.
2017 sees several new and contemporary ranges added to the Portmeirion catalogue. The first collection is the perfect option if you enjoy being creative and expressing your own individual style. Portmeirion Choices is aptly named as it opens up so many possibilities. The collection includes so much choice! There are 4 sizes of plates, 7 different bowls and three different sizes of mugs, cups and jugs. What ever you need from serving bowls to dipping bowls the options avaiable are huge. Each piece comes in three colourways: white, blue and green. Use Portmeirion Choices as an accent range with any of Portmeirion's decorated ranges or collect an eclectic mix of colours from the Choices range to create a colourful set ideal for every meal from breakfast on the zingy green to lunch on the practical white to a romantic meal for two on the soft blue. 2017 also sees a contemporary interpretation of a design classic. It is 45 years since the launch of Portmeirion's Botanic Garden and to mark the anniversary Portmeirion have launched Botanic Blooms. Concentrating on the four most popular motifs of recent years; Poppy, Sunflower, Hydrangea and Sweet Pea, Botanic Blooms is all about flower heads and petals. Used as a decorative band on plate rims, bowls and mugs, Botanic Blooms offers a contemporary, bold and colourful interpretation. The new Cityscapes Collection is perfect for those who enjoy travel and iconic vehicles. Four Cities are included in the collection; London, Paris, Rome and New York with beautifully drawn skylines in monochrome featuring some of the worlds most recognised landmarks. Each piece is then highlighted by an iconic mode of transport associated with the location. The Red London Double Decker Bus, Yellow New York Taxi, a green bicycle ridden by a beret wearing Parisian and the super chic Italian Lambretta scooter. Available on Travel Mugs with coordinated silicone lids, Coffee Mugs and Cups & Saucers, enjoy your morning coffee and loose yourself in these beautiful cities. Each piece in the Cityscapes Collection is supplied in an attractive gift box. Joining Portmeirion in 2017 is the "Most Promising Designer 2016", Sara Miller. In partnership with Portmeirion, Sara has produced a range of bone china mugs featuring her quirky interpretation of birds and animals. Sprinkled with understated humour, these Sara Miller Mugs introduce the Flamboyant Flamingo, Opulent Owl, Terrific Toucan and Genteel Giraffe. Each mug has gold detailing around the rim and is attractively supplied in a coordinated gift box making them a great present for someone special. A New departure for Portmeirion in 2017 is the introduction of Cutlery Sets. Portmeirion have been making quality boxed gift cutlery, which compliment their tableware ranges, for many years but the introduction of stainless steel flatware sets is new this year. The boxed sets are available in two designs Clarissa and Fleur and are available as either 16 or 24 pieces. The final new designer joining Portmeirion in the first half of 2017 is Catherine Lansfield. Catherine is one of the most respected designers in home interiors today. Initially Catherine has concentrated on bed linens and textiles but for 2017 she has applied her unique design inspiration to ceramics. Backed by Portmeirion's recognised high standards of quality, Catherine has produced two complete dinner services. Glamour is opulent and luxurious combining the patterns of sequins and lace with either silver or gold detailing. Enjoy a touch of glamour in your home everyday with this hard wearing and durable dinnerware and still be confident that it will dazzle and delight guests in more formal situations. The second range goes to the other end of Catherine's design portfolio. Scandi Birds is bright and playful and perfect for all the family. Cheerful birds, with individual detailing, flutter across this charming design. To compliment the Catherine Lansfield Tableware collections there is also a selection of Mugs each decorated in Catherine's unique style. From soft florals to Funky Zebras, there is something for every taste. Portmeirion stands for quality, durability, function and design and all Portmeirion ranges are available at Kings and Queens at 20% off normal retail prices.