Happy New Year from the UK Group
The United Kingdom Group. For those who do not know us, we are a group based in the United Kingdom for
collectors of Irish Belleek porcelain. The pottery was founded in 1857 and producing wares today from Belleek village.
Most prized and collected are early 'Black Mark' First Period pieces.
Rare Belleek....Fan Dejeuner Tea Service. A very hard to find item to find these days. Second Black Mark.
Rare Belleek....Above. Rare Tri Cherub Comport decorated and detailed with 'Chocolate' finish' with First Black Period Mark to base. Our thanks to Glennis and Tony Thompson for sharing with us
Christmas Party Gathering in London December 2016.....On Saturday the 3rd December, members gathered at the Star Tavern in London’s Belgravia for Christmas Lunch and to enjoy each others company. Joanna Urbanek, found our venue and made sure everyone had a great time
Our Last UK Group Meeting...Was our joint meeting with the Northern Ireland Group in Dublin. Saturday was a sheer delight as we gathered at the Collins Barracks, home of the National Museum of Ireland's ceramic collection which includes many superb examples of Belleek including Eugene Sheerin's 'Scenes of Ireland' tea service. We were able to look at the Museum's extensive Belleek collection including items currently in store. Sunday was mainly a leisure day with time to meet up together for lunch and then farewells for those returning home
Above. Time for a group photo at the Collins Barracks Museum. To the centre is Audrey Whitty, Keeper of Decorative Arts and History, who was our guide around the collections.
Above. Pieces from the Museum collection. To the centre is a rather special and unique 'Ballerina' piece modelled and created by Cyril Arnold. Not Belleek, a very rare piece of 'Bundoran China'
Above Paul photographing pieces from the vast collection in storage
Our Next UK Group Meeting...is to be held in the Wilmslow area, 1st and 2nd April 2017 hosted by David and Chris Reynolds
International Belleek Collectors Gathering....The next collectors gathering will take place at the Belleek Pottery as part of the Pottery 160 year anniversary celebrations. The weekend chosen is Friday 28th April to Sunday 30th 2017 Our base will be the Killyhevlin Hotel for the duration. More news to follow when released.
Belleek Gathering 27 to 29th May 2016 New Orleans.....The most recent collectors gathering took place in New Orleans. The Marriott Hotel was 'home' for collectors who had jetted in from around the world for a weekend of Belleek fun. Several early 'arrivers' took the opportunity to sample many local sights within the historic quarter and meet up with fellow collectors to catch up on the gossip over lunch or dinner. Below everyone gathered for a group photo. Unfortunately, Del Domke was not able to make the photo.
2013 The Last International Belleek Convention... The Eleventh International Convention was held in Las Vegas at the
Flamingo Hotel from 10 to 13th October.
Below is a group photo of all attendees. The UK Group
was well represented with members who made the journey to the States.
The 2013 convention
was arranged by members from several chapters. As usual, an exciting schedule of events was enjoyed by
all the attendees.
Please click HERE to visit our special 2013 Convention page
Belleek Conventions from 1993 to 2013
To view images and news from each and every International convention please click on ' Convention Home Page'
in main menu left
Newsletter...most recent newsletters can only be viewed through subscribing to the UK Group either as full or if overseas as an associate member. Please click on our Join Us page to find out more. New online issue to be added shortly. We will be updating this page shortly.
Rare Belleek Archive ... can be accessed left from menu options. These have been sub-divided into several areas and can be accessed using key headings, Crested, Painted, Tea Ware, Earthenware and Decorated. We will continue to add images firstly to our 'RARE Belleek Page' and then later to our individually themed pages. Below very rare Flowered Tazza First Black Mark
Eugene Sheerin Gallery Hard to believe that it is over twelve months since the 100th centenary events at Trillick to mark the passing of perhaps the best Belleek painter, Eugene Sheerin. Please view our gallery with pieces devoted to his work. Below view of Gap of Dunloe, Killarney on Greek Dessert Plate second period
Mix and MatchTea Ware Service...launched during 2015, Elaine Ewings, our co-ordinator says the service is going well, some sucessful matches this year putting members in touch to follow up. The aims of 'Mix and Match' is to unite collectors who may want to buy or swap tea ware pieces to match and complete sets. Use our 'Contact Us' link for more information....Below Hand Painted Hexagon Cup seeks saucer for lasting relationship!!
Belleek Videos.. page recently launched. Link to page added to main menu left. We have discovered
some interesting Belleek related short films on You Tube .Now available... link to Jason Fowler's six videos of
his collection and an interesting link to a UTV programme called 'Lesser Spotted Ulster' which visits Belleek plus
an interesting look at a museum in Geelong, Australia with what is billed as the largest collection of Belleek
in the southern Hemisphere..unless of course, you know differently!
Belleek Videos..'Hands' Belleek Pottery commissioned a special one hour video film in 1987. Although
copies occasionally appear for sale on E Bay or Amazon, they are not found easily. Fortunately, there is a
copy held 'on line' and is an excellent snapshot of how Belleek was produced back in the 80's. It is great
to see so many familiar faces including Jim Flanagan, Albert, Fergus Cleary, John Doogan, Liam McCauley,
Vincent McCauley and Hugh O'Reilly to name a few. The video was shot before George Moore purchased
the pottery and invested in rebuilding the works. The pottery was still virtually untouched and remained
that way through the 1980's. The film is well worth watching and lasts for an hour. Unfortunately
there are adverts that pop up during the film. Without the adverts, historic films such as 'Hands' would not
be available on the web.
Click here for 1980's Belleek Video 'Hands'