Elizabeth (About New York) has suggested we all put on some of our favourites plates or dishes today.What will our choice of plates say about us, she wonders. Well - you can make your own opinion about what my plates say about me - but one thing is sure if you read my blog - I love flowers - both wild and cultivated (I was going to put tame, but some of my herbaceous plants in the front garden are certainly not tame - Michaelmas Daisy for one)!
The plates which are my avourites are in the Portmeirion range of pottery. I collected them for many years and never tire of them. They sit on my Welsh dresser in the farm kitchen and I look at them every day. Each one has a different flower and I have chosen my favourite from tea, desert and dinner sizes.
The designs were originally created by Susan Williams-Ellis, the daughter of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who created Portmeirion village in North Wales. If you have not heard of this Italianate village do go to the Portmeirion village web site, where you will see beautiful photographs of this jewel.
Susan (who died in 2007) studied first at Dartington where she came in contact with Bernard Leach, the potter. Then she went on to read Fine Art at Chelsea taught by Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland amongst others. Then her father invited her to create a range for sale in the gift shop in his village, so in 1960 she purchased a factory in Stoke on Trent and began her designs. I think they are still as fresh and "modern" as they were fifty years ago. Hope you like them too.
Just as an afterthought - my other china is Minton "Haddon Hall", an old design which has been on the go for many years. Needless to say it too has flowers!
Hope you enjoy reading about plates. If you go to About New York you will find more to look at.
Valerie (Acornmoon) who is a designer - she has some lovely designs on her blog - suggests we might follow this up with a Mug Monday one week. What do you think?