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"Cherish the past, adorn the present, construct for the future."

- Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

Sir Clough Williams-Ellis

Rose's great-grandfather was the renowned British architect and pioneer of ecological conservation, most famous for his life's work, Portmeirion Village, in Snowdonia. Growing up, Rose spent family weekends at Portmeirion, and fell in love with the meandering forests and gardens, the coastal walks and the elegant buildings.

Clough was also instrumental in the establishment of National Parks in the United Kingdom, and was passionate about the conservation of Snowdonia in Wales, where his family originated. 

Clough was given a house, Plas Brondanw, in 1902 by his father on his marriage to Amabel Strachey. His work on the house and landscaping of the gardens was received with much acclaim, and today the gardens are open to visitors. In 2014, Rose was married in the Plas Brondanw gardens.

Portmeirion Village

Plas Brondanw

Susan Williams-Ellis

Susan Williams-Ellis was Clough's daughter, and Rose's grandmother. She was the renowned artist and founder of Portmeirion Potteries. She was creative from an early age, having studied ceramics with Bernard and David Leach whilst at the Dartington Hall School, and moving on to a degree at Chelsea School of Art, where her teachers were Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.

Portmeirion Potteries

Artistic works

The Susan Williams-Ellis Collection

Rose has collaborated with The Susan Williams-Ellis Foundation at the family home of Plas Brondanw to produce a stunning range of homewares featuring little-known designs by her grandmother Susan.

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The Art of Bloomsbury

Rose loves the interior design ethos of the infamous Bloomsbury set, of which many of her cousins, including Lytton Strachey, were involved in the 1920s and 1930s.

In fact, Rose is passionate about painting on surfaces, including walls and furniture. She has developed a style reminiscent of Bloomsbury in her work.

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Other Notable Ancestors