Belleek International Collectors Society
United Kingdom Group

November 2015


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Black Mark Belleek plus all the news and events
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UK Group Member Ian Gower's site



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the Fowler Collection website


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The United Kingdom Group. For those who do not know us, we are a group based in the United Kingdom for
collectors of Irish Belleek Parian and Earthenware. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village. Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' Period pieces.

Eugene Sheerin 'Commemoration Gathering' 9th August at Kilskeery and Trillick Northern Ireland. Well over 100 people gathered for a special day to commemorate the centenary of Eugene Sheerin's passing in 1915 and the unveiling at Kilskeery Cemetary of the marker for his grave. UK Group's Paul and Pat Tubb co-ordinated fund raising for the headstone marker. On the day there was a dedication ceremony followed by an afternoon exhibition plus talk on Eugene's work at Belleek. In the evening there was an evening of traditional Irish Music and supper at Springhill Golf Club just outside Trillick. Star Prize in raffle was this one-off commemorative basket won by Roy Hollihead.(shown above)

Below copy of souvenir brochure produced for the event.Fergus Cleary from Belleek Pottery and UK Group Chairman, Joanna Urbanek judged the painted plates competition which was really well supported locally.












Rare Belleek....Above Eugene Sheerin Cardinal Farley Cup and Saucer Upper Lake Killarney/On The Erne near Belleek
and below views of Ballymacdermott Fishery on the Erne and the Corlea Eel Fisheries

Eugene Sheerin Gallery...our gallery of painted Sheerin pieces has just been updated and features several previously unseen examples of his work

Rare Belleek....Interesting and extremely Rare and Unique Oval Parian 'Tray' (First Black Mark)which is part of an extensive Stork Pattern set sold earlier this year at TW Gaze Salerooms in Diss. The set was displayed at our October Cornwall meeting in its' entirety. There were several other pieces brought to the meeting as well. All these pieces were specially ordered from Belleek Pottery by Doctor O Ternan who also purchased the 'Scenes of Ireland' Ring Handle service painted by Eugene Sheerin

Rare Belleek....above, recently sold on ebay, rare and unusual 'shamrock shaped' pin dish. To date, previously unseen piece
with second period mark to base. Our thanks to ebay seller umakafka for use of images

Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our Autumn meeting held at Whitchurch in Hampshire which was organised by Julia Reece over the very sunny weekend of 10th and 11th October . As well as a visit to a local Silk Mill we went on a guided tour of the village, enjoyed a great evening at the Blue Ginger which is renowned for fine contemporary indian cuisine, enjoyed a great meeting where we learned about Georgina Reece's visit to Japan and a follow up talk on Eugene Sheerin with new information gathered in Ireland recently, including a new photograph of a young Eugene,so it was an enjoyable and interesting weekend. Below, some images from the gathering.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Brian Russell shares a recent very reasonably priced find with everyone

We also celebrated Bev Marvell's birthday!

Our Next UK Group Meeting... will be our Christmas Party to be held in Birmingham in Early December. Seperate invites have been sent out with all the details.

2013 International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the
Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October.
Below is a group photo of all attendees. The UK Group was well represented with members who made the journey to the States.
The 2013 convention was arranged by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by
all the attendees. Please click HERE to visit our special 2013 Convention page

Belleek Attendees 2013

Belleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013 To view images and news from each and every International convention please
click on ' Convention Home Page' in main menu left

Belleek Web Sites.. See list left for related Belleek sites...If we've left your site out, please let us know!

Newsletter...most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member.
Please click on our Join Us page to find out more

Research Pages.... Please click on menu above left to view our updated research papers which are now available.

Eugene Sheerin Gallery 'On The Erne'. Second Period Mark One of the pieces above included in talk given at our UK Group October 2014 meeting

Identifying and Valuing Belleek Pieces... We are happy to help members and collectors identify pieces of Belleek but are unable to assist with valuations

Mix and Match Cup and Saucer Service...launched last year, Elaine Ewings, our new co-ordinator says the service is going well, some sucessful matches this
year putting members in touch to follow up. The aims of 'Mix and Match' is to unite collectors who may want to buy or swap tea ware pieces to match and complete
sets. Use our 'Contact Us' link for more information.relationship!!

Belleek Videos.. page recently launched. Link to page added to main menu left. We have discovered
some interesting Belleek related short films on You Tube .Now available... link to Jason Fowler's six videos of
his collection and an interesting link to a UTV programme called 'Lesser Spotted Ulster' which visits Belleek plus
an interesting look at a museum in Geelong, Australia with what is billed as the largest collection of Belleek
in the southern Hemisphere..unless of course, you know differently.

Above...We recently found this 2011 BBC News article relating to the return of one of the Belleek Pottery Visitors
Book from 1870 please click on image above to view

Belleek Videos..'Hands' Belleek Pottery commissioned a special one hour video film in 1987. Although
copies occasionally appear for sale on E Bay or Amazon, they are not found easily. Fortunately, there is a
copy held 'on line' and is an excellent snapshot of how Belleek was produced back in the 80's. It is great
to see so many familiar faces including Jim Flanagan, Albert, Fergus Cleary, John Doogan, Liam McCauley,
Vincent McCauley and Hugh O'Reilly to name a few. The video was shot before George Moore purchased
the pottery and invested in rebuilding the works. The pottery was still virtually untouched and remained
that way through the 1980's. The film is well worth watching and lasts for an hour. Unfortunately
there are adverts that pop up during the film. Without the adverts, historic films such as 'Hands' would not
be available on the web.

Click here for 1980's Belleek Video 'Hands'

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AND FINALLY.....OUR PIECE OF THE MONTH....Rare Hand Painted Scene if Carrick-A-Rede Ropebridge County Antrim on Large Star Dish. Second Black Mark

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