In 1857 on the banks of Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, the inimitable Belleek China was born, beginning an enduring legacy that continues to this day. When John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father’s estate in Belleek, Co Fermanagh, he wanted a way to employ all the tenants who had been badly affected by the Irish famine. After finding out that this land was rich in minerals, suitable for the production of pottery, John started what was to become the renowned Belleek brand. It was initially just domestic products, then a lot of earthenware utility products were produced during the first and second world wars, since then Belleek has concentrated on producing fine quality high-end China.
To own a piece of Irish Belleek Pottery is to own a piece of rich craft heritage, featuring classic designs that have lasted for generations. Their attention to detail is second to none with exquisite hand painted finishes and rich gold accenting, creating a hallmark that is unmistakably Belleek. Porcelain figurines of distinction sit side by side with fresh modern tableware designs ensuring their reputation as the world leader in Irish Pottery of distinction. From teapots and figurines to their occasion pieces, like the stunning nativity set, Belleek China remains an Irish treasure.