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.
Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our Christmas Party held at the Leigh Park Hotel and Vinery in historic Bradford on Avon near Bath. Members had a great weekend which included a trip to the famous Bath Christmas Market.We also visited the Bath Museum to inspect their varied ceramics collection and enjoy tea and a chat. Travelling from the States to join us and receiving a very warm UK Group welcome was Karen Kincheloe, member of the UK Group with her good friend Caroline who made the long journey from Texas to be with us. On Sunday we spent the morning visiting places of interest in Bradford on Avon before our afternoon meeting.
Our Next UK Group Meeting...Will be a trip to Scotland where the group will visit historic Edinburgh. More to follow.
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. Please visit our new convention page which is available by clicking on the image below.
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
Newsletter...most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member.
Our Rare Belleek page has now been updated recently. Unseen Shell Dish, Celtic inspired Specimen Vase Specimen Vase Armorial Stonehaven
crests to Erne Cup and Saucer, Classic Greek Candlestick, Rare Armorial Crested Pot,
images below of some recently discovered pieces.
Rare Belleek....Interesting high sheen pearl lustre to unseen Shell Dish First Black Mark Thanks to Jannie Van Heerden for sharing his good find with us
Ulster Plate rare painted decoration. First Black Mark
Celtic Decoration to Specimen Vase. E Bay Seller Whos No1
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. Above....view of the pottery on a winter's afternoon and the second image, view of sluicegates through the
original Belleek Bridge
From our Eugene Sheerin Gallery part of hand painted Ring Handle tea service with a romanticised view of the Belleek Pottery on the Erne. Second Period Mark to rear of plate.
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....Above exceedingly rare Ring Handle Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!
Belleek Pottery Press Release... The Lough Erne Summit Basket has been designed to celebrate the G8 Summit which took place at the Lough Erne Resort in Country Fermanagh on June 17th and 18th 2013. This beautiful intricate Basket has been inspired by national emblems from the countries of the eight world leaders. The new 11 inch round shape reflects the globe.
The floral arrangement along the top of the basket represents the host country. Shamrocks represent Ireland and small blue flax flowers represent the Northern Ireland Assembly. Scotland, England and Wales are represented by the Thistle, Rose and Daffodil. A lucky four leaf clover is included for good measure!
Moving around the Basket in a clockwise direction, Camomile is the National Flower of Russia, painted in white and yellow, it is renowned for its calming properties.The delicate blue Cornflowers found across fields are the National Flower of Germany.Italy is represented with Olives, famous for their Olive Oil and Olive Groves, these are painted green and purple.The National flower of the United States of America is the Red Rose, found along the bottom of the Basket, it is a symbol of love and beauty.Delicate Cherry Blossom and buds are depicted in a rich pink, the national Flower of Japan.he Iris with its violet tones and yellow centre is the National Flower of France.The National Emblem of Canada is the Maple Leaf, hand painted with autumnal tonesinking all eight countries together, hidden through the flowers are a butterfly, dragonfly, ladybirds and bumblebees.
A must have for any Belleek Collector, each handcrafted basket is numbered on the reverse and includes a certificate of authenticity. A Limited Edition of 50 Baskets will be produced. This beautiful Belleek Basket was designed by Claire Rowe, made by Master Craftsman John Doogan and hand painted by Rachel Love.
For further information or to place an order click onto belleek.com
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 Web Sites.. See lower left for list of related Belleek sites...If we've left you out, please let us know!