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Portmeirion Pottery Hardcover – 11 Jul 2000

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  • Hardcover: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Dennis (11 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0903685787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0903685788
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 1.4 x 31.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid collector of Portmeirion pottery. There, I've admitted it - for a while it seemed that Portmeirion was a byword for kitch and usually bad taste amongst the Denby and Wedgewood designs available over the years. Portmeirion can be bad taste, as demonstrated by some of the designs illustrated here, but it can also be innovative, imaginative and trend setting. A case in point would be that some Portmeirion designs could be confused by the unsuspecting Hornsea Pottery of the 70's, except that Portmeirion is of a superior quality than Hornsea could ever hope to attain! The book is an eye opener in respect to the illustrious career of Susan Williams Ellis - a much maligned figure in the world of ceramics. Susan's designs have influenced modern popluist ceramics on a scale that makes Portmeirion Potteries a market leader within the EU and the US. Consistent high quality and constant updating of designs (prints) as demonstrated with the Botanic Garden range, proves that not only is Portmeirion populist but also moving with the times in an ever changing econmic climate. I am biased in my appreciation of Portmeirion but as with anything - don't knock it until you've tried it. In fact the only criticism of this book that I have, is that there isn't enough information! However, Portmeirion deserves it's rightful place within ceramica along with the Denby's, Wedgewoods and dare I say it... Royal Crown Derby's of this world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia on 3 Oct. 2013
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A really interesting book for collectors of Portmerion pottery. Lovely coloured plates and the history of all patterns. I also love the family history.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nickfrycommunications on 20 Jan. 2012
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A great book for the Portmeirion collector and very comprehensive. Good selection of high quality colour and black and white photos of the different designs. Only very slight criticism might be the irrelevance of some of the first chapter going into such detail about the life of Susan William-Ellis, but a minor detail in what is otherwise an excellent book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Love my Portmeirion 13 Aug. 2003
By Wanda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book is presented with excellent history and interesting personal history of Susan Williams-Ellis and her family. The photos are very helpful and interesting and now I am collecting older Portmeirion while adding at the same time to my Botanic Garden dinnerware. This book is now on my coffee table for reference and for others in my home to enjoy. I highly recommend it to antique collectors as well as those with a passion for Portmeirion.
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Pormeirion Pottery 1 Oct. 2010
By Fleetstreet Pauline - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Recently while searching on ebay for vintage Portmeirion Pottery I came across a copy of this book. Upon investigation was able to obtain it for a bit better price through Amazon. There does not seem to be alot of information available on this subject so finding this book was welcome. It is a very good guide to the history and catalog of this fascinating company. The authors seem to have a genuine interest in what they are writing about. My interest in Portmeirion stems from being a collector of items related to the sixty's television show The Prisoner which was filmed at the resort of Portmeirion. The book does a nice job in touching on the use of the pottery in the series and a listing of patterns used on the show. All in all a good read and in addition very nice color potographs of the various patterns. This would be a great addition to anyone interested in learning more about Portmeirion Pottery.
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