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Two types of pottery are used for this range, earthenware is somewhat porous and is used for the majority of the range. Vitrified porcelain is a vitreous pottery (meaning is non-porous), which has a high resistance to heat and the thermal shock. It is used to make the bakeware and some of the serving pieces.
Portmeirion was founded in 1960 by the legendary pottery designer Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis. Susan sadly passed away in November 2007 but her philosophy of creating collections that are not only beautiful but also functional and affordable lives on at Portmeirion.
Always at the forefront of contemporary design, Susan Williams-Ellis was renowned for her originality in both design and manufacturing techniques. This has led to her enviable reputation for producing striking shape and pattern designs that were trend setting and had worldwide appeal – designs that are now seen as iconic.
The 1970's saw the birth of what is considered by many to be Portmeirion’s most recognized design, Botanic Garden. Launched in 1972, Botanic Garden was uniquely different - inspired by a serendipitous find of antique botanical books, and with a variety of individual floral decorations, it encapsulated the new mood for casual dining, dispensing with the old formalities and bringing a new design philosophy to the market place. It became an instant success and has become a classic of British design and hailed as the world's most popular casual tableware design.
Recognizing the expertise of the area, the earthenware continues to be made at Portmeirion’s factory in Stoke-on-Trent and has amassed a worldwide following and an ardent fan base.
Susan always expected her pottery designs to fit comfortably with everyday life – today a requirement of every contemporary consumer – and, in her quest for success, she was heavily involved in the manufacture of all her designs. Such involvement and devotion to the quality of the design and production of the product was rare, and when combined with Susan's individual style and creativity, became unique.
In 2005 Susan received an honorary fellowship from University of Arts, London. At the time Susan said "I decided to pursue pottery, rather than painting, mainly because I wanted to create affordable and beautiful things. Being in Stoke has been a wonderful part of my life. The people of Stoke are really the nicest people one could ever meet, and their hard work has established Portmeirion and enabled us to sell our pots around the world. I have been very fortunate."