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.
Very Rare flowered Tazza 1st Black Mark.
Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our Summer Annual General Meeting held At the Weston Hall Hotel during the last weekend of July. On Saturday we met for Dinner at the The Royal Oak and on Sunday we held our Annual General Meeting including our usual Silent Auction. More news in our next newsletter.
Above...Our meeting venue, Weston Hall
Above...Interesting Hand Painted Hexagon set entered into the Silent Auction
Our Next UK Group Meeting...is going to be held in Looe Cornwall over the weekend of 5th and 6th October. We already have 8 UK Group Associate members travelling from the States to join us for what has become a Mini Convention/Gathering at the Hannafore Point Hotel. Our Sunday meeting will include a look at Eugene Sheerin, Don Campbell describes his Belleek Earthenware, further display of earthenware plus we plan to include a sales table for the meeting and a lot more too. Our theme for the meeting is 'From Over the Water'. As well as the main days events we also plan to gather on Friday and Sunday evening for dinner. Meeting papers have just been sent out.
International Belleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013 ... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October 2013. 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. For conventions dating back to 1993 please click on Conventions tab in menu.
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. A Centenary Limited Edition 'Masonic' plate commissioned by the Lodge of Research Dublin. Our thanks to the Lodge and Belleek Pottery for use of image. Available to collectors in limited numbers through Patricia McCauley at Belleek Pottery.
Rare Belleek....Interesting Flower Decoration to Shamrock Low Cup and Saucer Third Black Mark Thanks to Fergussons House Clearance Highcliffe for use of images
Rare Second Period Shell Menu Holder with crest for Crieff Scotland Thanks to crestedhawk for use of image
This unusual and previously unseen Shamrock Spill and Flower Holder sold at Susanin's Chicago recently
"Photo featured with thanks from Susanin's Auctions - www.susanins.com".
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. Below, rare Crested Mini Mug Londonderry
Research Pages.... The UK Group is keen to learn and share their knowledge of Belleek. Please view our updated research papers which are now available.
Eugene Sheerin Gallery including hand painted view of The Gap of Dunloe shown here. 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 Tea Sets 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....Below rare Rose painted Hexagon Cup seeks saucer for lasting 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 Web Sites.. See lower left for list of related Belleek sites...If we've left you out, please let us know!