Seasons Greetings from The UK Collectors Group
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 porcelain. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village.
Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' First Period pieces.
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
Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our October Gathering at Looe in Cornwall. Over 35 members including 6 associate members who joined us from the States gathered for the weekend starting on Friday evening with Dinner at the Sail Loft. Some also took the opportunity for extended holidays either arriving prior to the weekend or staying over into the following week. On Saturday, Simon and Melanie invited collectors to view their collection with some light lunch. Later we all gathered at the Hannafore Point Hotel in Looe for Dinner and drinks afterwards. On Sunday, we had a sales table which was fun and talks from Simon on The River Erne and Eugene Sheerin, painter at Belleek. Among our events, Don Campbell talked about his earthenware collection. On display were pieces recently purchased from the sale of pieces ordered by Doctor O Ternan including Earthenware set and Parian decorated plates shown above .On Sunday evening we gathered at the Smugglers Cott in Looe for dinner. More in our next newsletter due early in 2015.
Our Next UK Group Meeting...Will be our Christmas Party over the weekend 13/14 December to be held in the Derby area. Our fancy fress theme is 'Belleek' so some interesting outfits are expected on Saturday evening! On Sunday we meet for morning coffee and lunch then the chance to visit Denby Visitors Centre nearby or Bowmans Antique Fair at Stafford Show Ground.
2013 International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October. The UK Group
was represented by members who made the journey to the States. The 2013 convention was put together by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by all the attendees.
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
Above...Recently for sale on E Bay Canadian site was this rare and desirable tin plate Belleek Advertising Sign. These have survived in very low numbers. Our thanks to E Bay seller newtiquer9 for use of image
Rare Belleek Archive ... can be accessed left from menu options. These have been sub-divided into several areas and can be accessed using key headings, Crested, Painted, Tea Ware, Earthenware and Decorated. We will continue to add images firstly to our 'RARE Belleek Page' and then later to our individually themed pages.
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 October 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!
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'
Belleek UK Collectors Group Subscription
We are now able to offer subsription renewal using paypal for our Associate Members. Please click on the link below. If you are a 'new user' please follow instructions at the Paypal website. Please use our 'Contact Us' link in menu top left if you need to contact the UK Belleek Collectors Group with any questions