Discover Portmeirion Botanic Garden Harmony – Behind the Design

Launched in the spring of 2019, Portmeirion Botanic Garden Harmony was inspired by the iconic Botanic Garden motifs originally designed by Susan Williams-Ellis, to bring a retro look with a modern twist.

The concept behind the Botanic Garden Harmony range was to bring archived motifs to the modern day, with the collection featuring embossed ceramic detailing and four elegant shades.

With 60 years of history, the original tones used in Portmeirion pottery in the 1970s are still appealing and modern trends of today.

Incorporating our heritage was a key factor in the design concept and heavily influenced the four chosen coloured glazes – forest green, moss green, stone grey and amber. In doing this, the range pays homage to the original design, but also portrays a modern slant to appeal to today’s customer and those looking to bring retro kitchen ideas to life.

The beauty of Harmony is that fans of the original Botanic Garden can use this new range to add to existing collections as the designs sit perfectly together in harmony – butterfly pottery, coloured glazes and vintage flower drawings, all displayed together to create a unique collection.

Portmeirion designer, Andrea Jones, said: “Botanic Garden Harmony was designed so you can layer accent pieces into our existing Botanic Garden range. People could buy the new pieces and add them into their existing Botanic Garden range, adding a freshness and to also attract customers too.

“It was a nod to our archive as it was originally designed with Susie's 100th birthday celebration in mind, hence the archive motifs.

“It was also about adding texture via the embossed ceramic border and colour with the introduction of coloured glaze – something we hadn’t done in recent times.

“Coloured glazes were again taken from our archive to achieve the earthy colour palette, incorporating the botanical print flowers and butterflies to coincide with current trends but also be timeless too.”

The award-winning design features stunning butterfly pottery with the iconic motif taken from the Botanic Garden archive, with each placed on a crisp white background enabling the design to take centre stage.

Butterflies are an iconic pattern to both Portmeirion and Botanic Garden, so it was inevitable they needed to be incorporated to create the Botanic Garden Harmony range.

Around the world, the butterfly represents endurance, change, hope, and life, and there is no doubt the butterfly has significant meanings to us at Portmeirion. It is an iconic motif that can be found on many design variations that belong to the Botanic Garden range. For Botanic Garden Harmony, the butterfly is celebrated, with its isolated motif you can really appreciate the detail of each design of the butterfly pottery.

In the study of butterfly symbolism, it has been said that butterflies symbolise the passing of a loved one, or life struggles that people have endured to emerge as a better person. Butterflies have also been a symbol for celebrations, weddings, life, and our journeys.

All of which people can relate to and therefore can cherish items from Botanic Garden Harmony for a long time.