Portmeirion History & Gallery
I have known about Portmeirion for more than 20 years and regularly find pieces in my bargain hunting.
Portmeirion Pottery was founded in 1960 by Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband and the company is still operating today. Their most successful ranges are the botanical ones, including Pomona (1982) and Botanic Garden (1982) that are decorated with a variety of floral illustrations adapted from Thomas Green’s Universal or-Botanical, Medical and Agricultural Dictionary (1817).
Susan Williams-Ellis’ early designs include Malachite (1960), Moss Agate (1961) and Talisman (1962). In 1963 Susan created the popular Totem, an abstract pattern based in primitive forms coupled with a cylindrical shape.
For more on the history of Portmeirion goto http://www.thepotteries.org/allpotters/817a.htm
Villeroy & Boch are also known for their botanical range.