A Portmeirion collectable miniature bread crock in Botanic Garden Design, By Susan Williams-Ellis
This delightful miniature bread crock is so cute. It is from The Botanic Garden range and features the Helebore. Made by Paul Cardew in 1994. Paul Cardew is famous in his own right and for the fabulous range of novelty teapots he produced in conjunction with Portmeirion.
Please check the rest of our shop for more examples in this Botanic Garden design.
3.25 in (8.5 cm) tall
1.5 in (4 cm) diam
Portmeirion have been producing miniature items on and off for many years. In 1966 Susan decorated some travelling salesmen's miniature samples with her Favorite Horsemen and Pantomime Characters designs. In 1985 a range of twelve thimbles were created for The Thimble Collectors Club based in Surrey using miniature cut-down Botanic Garden motifs. In 1986 a range of bone china, lidded trinket boxes were produce using both Botanic Garden and Pomona designs. In 1992/3 a range of Christmas bells and ornaments enchanted the customers as did the famous Paul Cardew miniature novelty teapots and brooches. Appearing in 1996 were the enamelled and Portmeirion China hinged boxes. 1997 was a landmark year for Portmeirion, in that it was the 25th year that they had produced their incredibly popular Botanic Garden range. During that period, 1972-1997 it was estimated that they had produced approximately 25 million items! As Susan Williams-Ellis's most famous pattern, she decided to celebrate the anniversary by producing various limited edition commemorative ceramic souvenirs for their loyal customers. These included a wooden shadow box frame containing miniature teaset pieces and a superb china teaset and tray enveloped in a satin lined box. All of these teaset pieces are of the highest quality and detail and really are superb!
So impressed was Susan with the floral transfers made for her Mother's Day Plate in 1971, she decided to start collecting antique drawings and illustrations of plants, butterflies and insects with which she could decorate a new range of pottery. Susan called the design Botanic Garden and in 1972 produced it on a new shape of ware called Drum, which was based on the Meridian shape. The African Daisy was the first of many flowers to be incorporated into the range where different flower motifs appeared on each piece. Botanic Garden was, and now after over 40 years still is, one of the world's most successful pottery designs and forms half of Portmeirion's turnover. It really is a timeless and beautiful design. The now iconic, green leaf pattern that forms the border on the range, became part of Portmeirion's company logo and now appears on all of their products.