The mystery of the Orient combines with the charm of Ireland in
During the time of Tha Shein Ukrosh (the Hunger) in 19th Century
Caldwell Bloomfield, the owner of Castlecaldwell started earthenware
pottery production in the Rose Isle section of the village, Belleek. His purpose
was to find employment for the people of his community and help them in
their time of need.
You see, the famine claimed most of its victims because they had no
money to buy the basic comforts of life. In fact, newspaper articles of the time tell of
families living and dying in cold earthen hovels because they did not
have the few p's needed to buy turf so they could heat their homes. The weather was as much an
enemy as was the hunger.
Out of this misery came the beauty of Belleek.
14 craftsmen were brought from Stoke-on-Trent, England, and local
lads were hired to work in the factory. A railway was built to the town
and the production of high-quality earthenware began.
Porcelain was featured by Belleek for the first time at the Dublin
Exposition of 1872 and it became an instant success. Parian china is
now treasured the world over.
In an eerie twist of fate, the Belleek Pottery Group acquired
Aynsley China in Stoke-on-Trent, England, in 1997.
Today, Belleek produces some of the finest porcelain made and most
pieces feature the trademark shamrock symbol.
here to shop for Belleek China