Established in 1849 in the village of Belleek, County Fermanagh, Ireland, the name Belleek has become synonymous with quality and Irish craftsmanship. When you purchase a piece of Belleek Irish China, you become the owner of a truly original piece, made using materials and techniques handed down from generation to generation making memorable gifts for any occasion.In 1849, when Captain John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his father’s estate, which was called Castle Caldwell estate, the village of Belleek was part of the estate. He was concerned about his tenants, due to the effects of the Great Potato Famine in 1845. Surveying his land to determine land to determine its potential for minerals and employment, he discovered kaolin, feldspar, flint, clay, shale, peat, power, and trainable labor, which all make up the important ingredients to make pottery. Bloomfield and a man named Armstrong founded a pottery business, helping to employ those affected by the potato famine.