Portmeirion Meridian was Portmeirion's first new range for the 70s. Its simple shape and rustic charm was a departure from the highly stylised designs of the 1960s. Susan Williams-Ellis designed Meridian. Like many of her other designs, the inspiration came from the past. The shape was based on a small Victorian teacup that she found in an antique shop. The main feature of the shape is the four ridges that run along the outside of all the pieces. However, the colours were straight from the palette of the early 70s. Meridian's original speckle matt glaze was finished in plover grey, saffron, terracotta and mocha brown.
Meridian followed the trend for more rustic, earthy values that marked the change from the 60s to the 70s. The 'in' piece of furniture of the early 70s was a pine Welsh dresser in traditional style. Portmeirion Meridian would have complemented it perfectly.