Q&A with Sophie Conran - The Launch of Colour Pop with Portmeirion

Portmeirion met with Sophie Conran about the launch of her new Colour Pop collection. Read our behind the scenes blog with Sophie Conran.

The brand new Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop collection is now available! We have been working with the fabulous Sophie Conran for over ten years now and we love working on exciting new collections like this one.

So, would you like to see the lovely new collection? Perfect!

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop - Teacup & saucers

Sophie worked incredibly closely with the design team here at Portmeirion to perfect the shapes and colours of these plates, bowls, teacup & saucers and egg cups. Sophie and the team also work alongside our master potter, Kevin, who hand throws all of the original pieces of the collection. Once they have perfected the shape, moulds are created to make sure each piece has the exact same hand-thrown feel.

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop - Egg cup & spoon

Now you have seen the collection, we thought we would have a catch-up with Sophie and get all of the gossip on the range...

Sophie, what was your inspiration behind the beautiful new colours in the collection?

It came about from a visit to The British Museum – they have an incredible Asian ceramics department and the colours of the glazes were just stunning and so inspiring so I drew my ideas from there originally.

What is your favourite Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop piece?

I really love the little cereal bowls – they are very tactile and such a great shape to hold. The colour really lifts them and they look so charming with food – there is something very friendly and joyful about them.

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop - Bowl (pink)

What is the perfect occasion for Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop?

Everyday! The collection can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and their cheerful colours will brighten up every meal.

Any tips on how to mix and match?

I think that everybody is very individual and so you can have a lot of fun creating your own style. The colours are designed to work together in harmony and so all combinations will look charming no matter how you play around with them. They look fantastic as accent pieces or all together for a confection of delight.

Will you be gifting anyone with a piece of the new collection this Christmas?

Oh yes! This Christmas and for many more to come! This year I think I will be giving them to my lovely brothers and their wives to enjoy – they both have big families so I just know that they will all enjoy using them all the time.

You worked with Portmeirion to design some stunning new gift packaging, what was your inspiration behind this?

I very much wanted to brighten up people’s days so I hope that this pretty packaging will make people smile.

Thank you, Sophie!

Sophie Conran Colour Pop

Do you love the collection as much as we do and want to add some pieces to your collection, get someone a fab Christmas gift or indulge in the whole range? Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Colour Pop is now available at John Lewis here.

If colour isn't what you're looking for, you can find the original white Sophie Conran for Portmeirion collection on the Portmeirion UK website here.

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