handmade Belleek Irish ceramic pottery
HANDMADE IRISH CERAMICS
Belleek is considered one of the oldest working potteries and has been producing ceramics since 1857. The name sake of Belleek pottery, it's location a town called Belleek, located in what is now considered Northern Ireland.
Belleek Factory Belleek, Ireland
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At Yak Arts, we make sure to always have a large selection of belleek on hand as well as a variety of other fine ceramics. To explore more of our extensive collection please visit our ceramics page.
HISTORY OF BELLEEK
The History of Belleek begins, like most great things in Ireland, with the potato. It was duriing the potato famine that land owner ---- looked to the earth to provide an alternative source of employment for his tenants. The concept of Belleek was initiated after getting his land surveyed, and finding it to be mineral rich To create the company the original owner took three years to establish the pottery. He then orchestrated the construction of a railway to bring coals that would heat the kilns. The porcelain can be identified by it's charactaristic thinness and slighlty irridescent surfaces. Historically it was the mastery of this highly refined ceramic technique in that initially made the company famous in the 1920s. Preceding this, there was a short period within the history of Belleek during the first and second world wars when the primary focus of Belleek was to produce earthen ware. However, swifly following post war industrialization the refined ceramic techniques re-imerged bolstered by the addition of electric kilns.