Zoi and Phil - couple and team at the same time. Our heart beats for handmade ceramics from Portugal. After many years in London, Shanghai and Hamburg, we actually got to know and love each other in our home country - in Bielefeld.
Phil is a trained merchant in wholesale and foreign trade and studied business administration in Hamburg. His father took him to Portugal at an early age, perhaps one day to continue the trade in ceramics. In doing so he learned to love the country, the people and the culture. Today he lives in Bielefeld and has joined the family business. Phil takes care of the purchase, stock and online shop. What connects Phil with Portugal? The serenity of the Portuguese. Everything is a bit more relaxed. Enviable!
Zoi spent several years in London as an aupair after graduating from high school. Her cosmopolitanism and creativity have shaped her ever since. Today she is an editor in a media agency in Bielefeld. Zoi is responsible for social media and marketing. What does Zoi love about Portugal? The loud sound of the sea and that you can get fresh fish and shellfish in every restaurant. And good wine of course.
was already founded 25 years ago by Richard Pollmeier, Phil's father. Until today he imports handmade ceramics from Portugal and supplies major customers. Why Portofino Ceramica? Isn't Portofino a place in northern Italy? Correct! Our brand was born in Portofino. In the meantime we are a small family business with six employees.
Since Phil joined the family business, it quickly became clear to us: we want to make this unique ceramic available to everyone. We have made it our mission to combine our wanderlust with a love of good food and beautiful living. We want to take people like you with us on our journey, inspire them and revive the handmade natural products.