Portmeirion Totem casserole / tureen

Very unusual casserole / tureen, in olive glaze inside and out, from Portmeirion's Totem range, designed by Susan Williams-Ellis. A band of 12 'totemic' designs around the body and ceramic lid with conical handle, topped in a flat-button.

General excellent vintage condition. One very small nick to the rim and a small chip to the base which is hardly noticeable.

Totem is the range that defined Portmeirion Pottery in the 1960s. Susan Williams-Ellis combined the Portmeirion 'Cylinder' shape with patterns derived from native American Indian cultural art in raised relief.

The glazing highlights the raised patterns in a startling way. Totem was produced in amber, olive green, blue, celadon and a rare white finish.