Susan Williams-Ellis 1918 -2007
The daughter of famous architect and creator of Portmeirion Village Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Susan was a natural creative talent. From the age of 16 she studied pottery and art, and was taught by famous artists including Henry Moore. Susan completed her training and returned to the Village where she began to design ceramic gifts that were sold in the souvenir shop.
In the early 1960's Susan and her husband Euan, whom she had married in 1945 purchased two pottery manufacturers based in Stoke on Trent, the heart of the Potteries. The two businesses were combined and Portmeirion Potteries Ltd was born.
Susan's philosophy was to create "affordable and beautiful things" that would give pleasure to every customer. Inspired by her expertise in shape and design, Susan's work became highly collectable during the 1960s and 70s with ranges such as Totem, Malachite and Magic City becoming instant classics.
In 1972, Susan created Botanic Garden using illustrations from a Victorian "herbal" publication found in an antique shop. The unique combination of ever changing colourful motifs and a stylised border has made Botanic Garden a British design icon and the world's most sought after floral dinnerware pattern.
Susan Williams-Ellis passed away at Portmeirion Village on 27th November 2007. Her design philosophy remains at the heart of Portmeirion Potteries