With the exception of the one small terrier, my pieces are from the Shamrock Tableware collection. I did not acquire them in Ireland, however, but had them given to me by my gracious Canadian mother-in-law from her own china cabinet. Receiving them a few years into our marriage. I’ve had them for forty years now, and do not know how long Esther had them before that. I do know that their elegance will remain timeless.
Pottery began in Belleek in the mid-nineteen century, when John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father’s estate, and looked for ways to provide employment for his tenants, robbed of their livehood and well-being by the Irish potato famine.
Since then, piece is made using techniques and materials handed down to new generations of craftsmen; and every brushstroke is still lovingly applied by hand.
With my proclivity for awkwardness, I rarely bring them out, and handle them very carefully on those special occasions when I do! I love the glow they took on last night as I photographed them against the setting sun. I hope you find them as exquisitely beautiful as I do...
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