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The Beauty of Belleek

As the world celebrates  St. Patrick's Day, I want to share with you some teaware that I hold near and dear. One of the things I cherish about Ireland is its traditions of craftsmanship. Whether it's intricate wool weaving, fine Waterford crystal or beautiful bone china, people from around the world (and in Ireland) want to collect these quality pieces. Courtesy of wikipedia Belleek is a well known Irish pottery that produces bone china pieces. In fact it is the one of the world's oldest working potteries in the world. It opened in 1857 and its location has remained the same throughout its history: County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. The above photo is the factory (open for tours) and there is a welcome center along with a tea room. Here  is the information about the visitors centre. Belleek pieces have many traits which make them so unique from other potteries. The older pieces are remarkably thin, slightly iridescent and appear "wet."