“Portmeirion: Pottery Trendsetter” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

“Portmeirion: Pottery Trendsetter” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria and Albert Museum is hosting “Portmeirion: Pottery Trendsetter.” The exhibition marks the birth centenary of Susan Williams-Ellis and is on view through July 28, 2019.

“Portmeirion is a British success story. Its innovative designs have set trends in the pottery industry over six decades. The company has thrived at a time when many of its famous, long-established rivals have not managed to survive. 2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Susan Williams-Ellis, founder of the pottery, whose classic designs include ‘Totem,’ ‘Magic City’ and the ever-popular ‘Botanic Garden,’” says V&A.

Susan Williams-Ellis (June 6, 1918 – November 26, 2007) was the founder of Portmeirion, the internationally-renowned Stoke-on-Trent pottery. Williams-Ellis was also the principal designer of the factory for more than 40 years — innovation and imagination defined her work; her instinctive grasp of the customers brought her commercial success.

Portmeirion has set trends in the pottery industry for 60 years, and today, it is one of the few surviving industries of its kind from that period. Held at Gallery 146, this exhibition allows visitors to see up close the innovative designs by Williams-Ellis, and other designers at Portmeirion, and also learn about the inspiration behind the creations. The exhibition includes many loans from Portmeirion’s extensive historic and contemporary collections.


Founder: Louise Blouin  



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