About PortmeirionStrikingly beautiful, eminently practical, refreshingly affordable. These are the enduring values bequeathed to Portmeirion by its legendary co-founder and designer, Susan Williams-Ellis. Her father, architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, was the designer of Portmeirion, the North Wales village whose fanciful architecture has drawn tourists and artists from around the world (including the creators of the classic 1960s TV show The Prisoner). Inspired by her fine arts training and creation of ceramic gifts for the village's gift shop, Susan Williams-Ellis (along with her husband Euan Cooper-Willis) founded Portmeirion Pottery in 1960. After 50+ years of innovation, the Portmeirion Group is not only an icon of British design, but also a testament to the extraordinarily creative life of Susan Williams-Ellis.The style of Portmeirion dinnerware and serveware is marked by a passion for both pottery manufacturing and trend-setting design. Beautiful, tactile, nature-inspired patterns are a defining quality of Portmeirion housewares, from its world-renowned botanical designs modeled on antiquarian books to the breezy, natural colors of its porcelain and earthenware. Today, the Portmeirion Group's design legacy continues to evolve, through iconic brands such as Spode, the Pomona Classics collection, and the award-winning collaboration of Sophie Conran for Portmeirion. Sophie Conran for Portmeirion:Successful collaborations have provided design inspiration throughout Sophie Conran's life. Her father, designer Sir Terence Conran, and mother, food writer Caroline Conran, have been the pillars of her eclectic mix of cooking, writing, and interior design. In pairing with the iconic British housewares brand Portmeirion, Conran has created another successful collaboration: Sophie Conran for Portmeirion, an award-winning collection of dinnerware, serveware, and drinkware for the practical, multi-functional needs of contemporary kitchens.Launched in 2006, Sophie Conran for Portmeirion immediately received the Elle Deco Style Award for Best in Kitchens, and two years later, the House Beautiful Award for Best in Tableware. The soulful, tactile beauty of these oven-to-tableware pieces is exemplified by rippled surfaces and edges that evoke a potter's hand. This down-to-earth style is complemented by charming pastels, gentle earth tones, and classic whites and pinks, for a collection that will lighten and enliven contemporary kitchen decors. Though delicate to the eye and touch, these plates and bowls are built for durable performance, with microwave- and dishwasher-safe porcelain that's casual enough for breakfast and elegant enough for eye-catching dinners.