Portmeirion was founded in 1960 by the legendary pottery designer Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband Euan Cooper-Willis. At one point, Susan's father asked her to create some ceramic gifts for their shop at Portmeirion Village in Wales. As demand increased, Susan and her husband Euan purchased a pottery decorating company, and then a second facility at which they could create and decorate their work. Susan soon became famous for her techniques, developing a signature style with unusual shape and pattern designs using layered glazes of various hues, and Portmeirion quickly found worldwide appeal.
As her beautiful designs inspired a new approach to casual dishware are serving pieces, particularly the intricately detailed Botanic Garden, each collection expanded from Portmeirion coffee pots, cups and saucers into full lines, including Portmeirion serving platters, Portmeirion cake stands and plates. Cookware was added to the collection fairly recently, given the company's 50 years of creative design, including Portmeirion roasting dish and casserole dishes. Susan passed away in 2007, but her philosophy of creating collections that are not only beautiful, but also affordable, lives on at Portmeirion. In 2009, Portmeirion gathered both Royal Worcester and Spode under their wings, creating the perfect trifecta in classic and tasteful tableware.