Belleek House

Just over the border into northern Ireland is Belleek, by which I mean the town famous for its pottery, and we took a tour of the pottery factory and its wares. Belleek Pottery Ltd. is a porcelain company dating to 1884. The factory produces porcelain that is characterized by “its thinness, slightly iridescent surface and that the body is formulated with a significant proportion of frit.” The terms ceramic, porcelain and frit are highly technical! We had an excellent tour through the whole production plant. Here’s what the factory used to look like…belbel1

We are talking about high quality pottery and ceramics of all sorts here. Belleek has supplied the Queen with some things…bel2bel4 bel6bel8 But they were also capable of making interesting coffee cups!
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Let’s go behind the scenes for a bit….Vase making and painting is delicate work…bel9bel10bel11

Here is where it’s all fired— the kiln…
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The delicate work takes a very steady hand…
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Being from a region in North Carolina where they make some of the finest pottery in the world, I was very impressed with this place and its craftsmanship.

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