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September 24, 2019 – Published in Design & Decor Autumn 2019 issue
Portmeirion Pottery – Keeping abreast with style changes
Words Patrick Delia
Portmeirion Pottery was founded in 1960 when pottery designer Susan Williams-Ellis, daughter of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who had created the Italian style Portmeirion Village in North Wales and her husband, Euan Cooper-Willis, took over a small pottery-decorating company in Stoke-on-Trent.
Gio.Batta Delia became involved with Portmeirion when a Williams-Ellis family member was on holiday in Malta and was quite surprised that their pottery was not sold in our shop together with all the other famous brands we represented here. Through a very amicable agreement with John G.Cassar, who by that time were concentrating on other business, we took over the Portmeirion representation in Malta. We did this rather successfully till 2009 when we diversified our main business to Tommy Hilfiger fashion wear.
Over the last two years we have reignited our Chinaware business selling mostly through Facebook. We can now announce that very soon some Portmeirion patterns will be available to view and purchase at The Atrium in Mriehel and Vini & Capricci by Abrahams in Gozo.
The Group today comprises of Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester, Pimpernel and Wax Lyrical.
Sara Miller London
Sara Miller is an award-winning British designer who has her passion for travel and love for different cultures expressed in her art. She has stamped her mark in a number of different areas including greetings cards, fashion, print and homewares.
Sara Miller had a vision – to use her love of print, pattern and colour in the embellishment of homes at every opportunity. Sharing the same commitment to beautiful, sophisticated and stylish designs, Sara Miller London and Portmeirion have collaborated to create a number of new patterns which have been introduced on the market recently.
Celestial – a beautiful fine china collection featuring 22 carat gold stars, perfect for celebratory meals is one of the first.
Another is The Chelsea Collection, an enchanting fine porcelain afternoon tea collection that’s bright and beautiful with stunning gold detailing; the Etched Leaves collection – a finely detailed design that depicts the natural beauty of fallen leaves; the Flamingo Collection – a fun and charming collection that’s brilliantly bright and full of personality; the Parrot Collection – a bold and beautiful placemat, coaster and melamine collection featuring brightly coloured parrots perched upon striking foliage and the Piccadilly Set – a distinctive fine bone china mug collection that’s edged with gold featuring quirky illustrations that will make you smile. Presented in a beautiful gift box, any mug from this collection will make a wonderful gift. Alongside these beautiful tableware and accessory ranges are her Christmas ranges: Penguin and Geese Christmas Collections – quirky and cosy penguins and geese that will make you smile at Christmas; the Garland Collection – an exquisite placemat and coaster range featuring intricate floral touches and gold detailing and the Garland Collection – a stunning range of exquisitely designed Christmas decorations, perfect for hanging on the tree or around the home.
For more information, contact us by going to the Facebook page Gio. Batta Delia 1901.