Portmeirion: pottery trendsetter

Today is the centenary of the birth of Susan Williams-Ellis (6 June 1918 – 26 November  2007), founder of Portmeirion, the internationally-renowned Stoke-on-Trent pottery. For more than four decades from the early 1960s, she was principal designer at the factory. Her energy, imagination and innovation, combined with an instinctive grasp of what customers wanted, brought commercial success and inspired many imitators.

The Museum marks this special anniversary by announcing that the next ceramics galleries display will be ‘Portmeirion: pottery trendsetter’. Opening in Gallery 146 on 31st October, it runs for nine months. Look for details here.

The V&A is grateful for Portmeirion’s support with this display, and especially for the many loans from its extensive historic and contemporary collections.

Susan Williams-Ellis applying a transfer-printed 'Botanic Garden' lithograph to a vase

Susan Williams-Ellis applying a transfer-printed ‘Botanic Garden’ lithograph to a vase © Portmeirion