Frequently Asked Questions About Belleek China Pottery
Where is Belleek?
Belleek is in the beautiful Lakeland county of Fermanagh in the north of Ireland
What is the history of Belleek?
Established in 1857, Belleek Pottery stands on the banks of the River Erne in County Fermanagh. In 1849, John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father’s estate in Belleek, Co Fermanagh. Tenants of the estate had been severely affected by the ravages of the famine so John was determined to find a way to provide his tenants with gainful employment.
The land was rich in minerals and suitable for the production of pottery. Building began in 1858 and while the first products were largely domestic, high-end Parian porcelain pieces appeared in 1863 and one of their most noteworthy customers was Queen Victoria. The prestige of the company quickly grew and the rest is history.
Since then, Belleek has become one of Ireland’s most recognizable brands and an icon in the history of Irish pottery. Belleek produces 100,000 pieces of pottery each year. Each piece of belleek china pottery is meticulously crafted, passing through no less than 16 pairs of hands until it reaches its final perfect form.