In Ceramics

What do get if you cross an Italian-styled village in North Wales and a pottery manufacturer in Stoke-on-Trent? Beautiful Portmeirion Pottery of course!

Probably one of the best about being the home of the Potteries is having so many pottery factory shops selling absolute bargains with lots of the shops selling really reduced items including factory seconds (you can never tell!) or discontinued lines. Stoke-on-Trent is home to the world famous Portmeirion Potteries and we are very lucky to have three Portmeirion factory shops in the city – one in Stoke, one in Longton, and one at the Trentham Shopping Village.

Portmeirion Potteries have been established in Stoke-on-Trent since 1960 when pottery designer Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband, Euan Cooper-Willis took over a small pottery decorating company in Stoke-on-Trent called A. E. Gray Ltd. Susan Williams-Ellis was the daughter of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis who was a British architect known chiefly as the creator of the Italianate village of Portmeirion in North Wales, later the location for The Prisoner (1967–68) TV series. A year later the couple purchased a second pottery company that had the capacity to actually manufacture pottery.  The two businesses were merged and became Portmeirion Potteries and the rest is history!

Portmeirion's most famous design is arguably the Botanic Garden range, decorated with a variety of floral illustrations adapted from Thomas Green's Universal or-Botanical, Medical and Agricultural Dictionary. It was launched in 1972 and, with new designs added periodically, is still made today. Portmeirion’s more recent designs have included Sophie Conran's Crazy Daisy and Dawn Chorus. During the last ten years Portmeirion have also purchased the Royal Worcester and Spode brands.

We recently paid a visit to the Longton factory shop to see what was on offer...

The Portmerion Longton shop is nestled in the historic Phoenix Works, on King Street in Longton, just a short walk from the town centre. There were loads of bargains to be found within the Longton Portmeirion Factory Shop. The shop sold pieces and items from all of Portmeirion’s five great British homeware and tableware brands and some even had up to 75% off! The products on sale ranged from plates to pitchers, cake stands to candles, and roasters to reed Diffusers – everything you need to make a happy home!

The staff were really warm, friendly and welcoming, and were on hand to help with any queries. They were really knowledgeable about the patterns and products and were even helped customers to select the best of the seconds on sale.

The store can even arrange free home delivery – so if you’ve over indulged and can’t carry your bags or can’t make it into store, the staff can arrange for free delivery straight to your door.

There is onsite parking, facilities and located next door in the same Phoenix Works development is the brilliant Glost House Café Bar – a great place to stop for drink or a bite to eat. Perfect to recover after all that shopping!

Lisa and the team at Portmeirion Longton can’t wait to see you…

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Portmeirion Factory Shop, Longton
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Portmeirion Factory Shop, Longton

With the four Great British brands of Portmeirion, Spode, Royal Worcester and Pimpernel in one store, a visit to one of Portmeirion's factory shops is a must!

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