Sunday, October 30, 2005
Belleek Newslettre (# 9.4)
** HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!
Due to our calendar FULL of Holidays,
scheduled within the next 60 days, this
will be my Holiday Issue and hopefully a
'double issue' !! May this Holiday Season
shine its light on ALL Belleekers, and
their loved ones, keeping them joyful and
prosperous and secure !!
** 2005 BELLEEK HONOUREE !!
Mr. Roland Glendinning was honoured this
year as our 20th, I believe, Belleek
Honouree for 2005 !! Other than a
Belleek enthusiast, Roland has both
extensive Theological and Educational
Backgrounds !! More detailed information
is available in our latest B.C.I.S.
Newsletter, as well as his Gallery
Photograph !! It will be a privilege to
admit Roland into our Honouree's
Gallery !! CONGRATULATIONS ROLAND !!
** WELCOME NEW PRESIDENTS !!
Charlotte, again in our latest B.C.I.S.
Newsletter, has Updated ALL the current
information regarding our Chapter Presidents !!
Salutations to those of you whom have
recently assumed your duties and MANY
KUDOs' to those of you whom are continuing
your positions !!
I have revised my Chapter Mailing List and
ALL those of you whom have E-mail Addresses,
will be receiving my latest Newslettre !!
For those of you who were on my previous
President Mailing List, but are no longer
a President, I have MOVEd your E-mail ID's
to my E-Correspondents List !!
I am ALWAYS appreciative of those recipients
whom forward my Newslettre on to their
Belleeker acquaintances !!
** MAILING LIST ??
AGAIN, if you read my Newslettres regularly
and would like to be in on my 'Automatic'
Mailing List, ALL you need do is to drop me
a SHORT note indicating 'that you would like
automatic notification of new Newslettres' !!
And, BINGO, I'll ADD you to my
E-Correspondents and you'll begin
receiving upcoming Newslettre notifications !!
For those of you I've 'lost contact' with,
if you WERE receiving my Newslettre and have
NOT received one in a bit, it's MOST probably
due to a Change in YOUR E-mail ID !! Post me,
i.e., E-mail, your current ID and I'll get
you back on our list !!
** MICHIGAN WAS ALIVE
IN 2005 !! **
Well, the Convention is OVER, BUT all in
attendance, I believe, came away with fond
My fondest were, of course, in meeting all
those fellow Belleekers, whom, up to this
time, one only has a name to associate with !!
In fact, one couple arrived the first day
whose sole intention was JUST to see the
faces of those they were continually bidding
against on E-Bay !! A STRONG point was made
to INCLUDE one's 'Bidder ID' on your Name Tag !!
As to the program that had been arranged
for us, I MUST admit, it was SPLENDID !!
KUDOs' to Phyllis and ALL her Chapter
Members for their exquisite Convention !!
My favourites, included David Reynolds'
engrossing talk on 'Belleeking the U.K. Way'
and Fergus Cleary's marvelous presentation
on the (Master) Molds he has been able to
identify from the old mold room at the
Another talk, actually scheduled for a
panel discussion, which, I REALLY was
interested in, was unfortunately skipped
over due to time constraints !! It was to
be a discussion on 'How to Dispose of a
Belleek Collection' !! Hopefully, Angela
can include this in our upcoming Convention ??
PROGRAM HINT !!
** UPCOMING CONVENTION ??
Speaking of which, Angela has made an
OFFICIAL announcement that our next
Convention will be the 150th. Anniversary
of the Pottery Convention to be held at
the Belleek Pottery in 2007 !! It is
currently slated to be a SPRING convention,
tentatively scheduled for April of that year !!
SO, it's ONLY 18 months away, time to start
making arrangements !! And for those of
you whom are persistent procrastinators,
like myself, we had best begin packing !!
** BELLEEK LIVING !!
Another item, not only introduced, but
discussed at length during the Grand Rapids
Program, was that of Belleek's 'NEW' Lines !!
These will include, as I understand it all,
TWO separate lines of China that will
ACTUALLY be produced in (the country of)
China !! YES, you read it correctly,
"MADE in CHINA" !! The first of these
will include all the ornaments and cake
toppers, etc., that are currently produced
at the Pottery in Ireland !!
The second line will consist of a COMPLETE
line of 'everyday' table ware, which, can
go from fridge to microwave to table to
dishwasher, etc. !! Following the Convention,
I had the honour of relaxing at Lady Marion's
Estate for a week and we all visited the
Pottery one day and I was able to view the
complete (or fairly complete) line of Belleek
Living Ware !! I was VERY IMPRESSED !! It's
quite 'simple' in design BUT I would have to
say VERY utilitarian and functional !! And
keep in mind, that this is China, NOT Parian
Editor's Note : While at Marion's, I
learned JUST about everything I ever
wanted to know regarding the raising of
chickens and ALL other assorted fowl !!
I now TRULY respect the fact that one can
purchase fully 'prepared' fowl in
supermarkets and restaurants !! BUT, as
someone else has said, "This is another
story .. for another time .. in another
dimension .." !!
BOTH new lines, will carry their own
distinctive mark, BUT NEITHER will
incorporate the 'traditional' Harp, Hound
and Tower which, we ALL so cherish on our
collectibles !! Each item will also carry
a little 'China' sticker, which, should
wash off easily, but is required of any
product to identify country of manufacture !!
Angela also stated that these lines will
be shipped in red coloured boxes as opposed
to the Parian Belleek which, is shipped
in green boxes !!
It was somewhere, about this time, that,
I believe it was Fergus, interjected that
the Pottery would NOW be able to concentrate
on more 'limited' edition Parian items as
well as society collectibles !!
I might interrupt here myself, to note, as
I traveled about Ireland, the Belleek shops
are now being named 'Belleek Living' stores !!
And they are stocking BOTH the Pottery's
Parian ware as well as the new Belleek
Living line of China !!
So, what does all this mean in a nutshell ??
First, ONLY items produced at the Pottery in
Ireland will carry the (original) Harp,
Hound and Tower Mark in ANY variation !!
ALL Belleek produced OUTSIDE Ireland, will
have its own appropriate Mark, but there
will NEVER be a Harp, Hound or Tower on ANY
of these foreign produced wares !!
Angela correctly stated that ALL other
glass and china manufacturers have had to
'outsource' their production !! This is NOT
unique to JUST Belleek !! In fact, Belleek
is probably one of the last, if not THE last,
to outsource some of their production !!
What does this do for Belleek ?? Again,
as Angela properly stated, it allows the
Pottery to produce an 'entry' level of
porcelain (actually China), that can be
produced and exported and imported
relatively inexpensively !! Hopefully,
this will achieve a greater worldwide
recognition of the Belleek 'Name' and
will consequently increase sales, etc.
of our beloved Irish Parian !!
PERSONALLY, I believe that this will
INCREASE the values of ALL 'original'
Belleek, i.e., those items currently in
production at the Pottery AS WELL AS ALL
those precious collectible antique and
historic items from Belleek's past !!
I'm sure that we'll all be presented with
additional details as everything falls in
place !! ALL comments are welcome and I'll
publish ANY updates as I receive them !!
** TERRORISTS !!
If any of you have been following the
news lately, there's been several severe
TERRORIST shark attacks off both coasts of
the United States in the past several months !!
And these fools claim there are NO sharks in
US waters ?? Of course, we ONLY hear of the
idiots who survive their attackers !! What
about the folks who are just simply digested
as dinner ?? I for one suffer from SEVERE
and abnormal and persistent fear of sharks !!
It's a phobia classified as Selachophobia !!
** SHARK TRIVIA !!
Most men's pupils get 1/3 bigger when
looking at pictures of sharks, but shrink
in reaction to pictures of babies.
** SPEAKING OF PHOBIAS' !!
Dean Bagnall, coincidentally, Phyllis' beau,
is DEFINITELY NOT a Mageirocophobic !! He
spent TWO Days (and nights) baking up SIX,
I believe, of the recipes, submitted by
members for the Convention Dessert Cookbook !!
These were DEFINITELY the culinary highlite
of the Convention Food !!
** PENGUIN OR PLASTIC ??
On my return from Lady Marion's, I flew out
of Belfast Harbor Airport !! Marion was
generous enough to present me with a pair of
glass penguin paperweights prior to my
departure !! MUCH to my surprise, upon
entering the airport, I was requested to
like totally unpack my luggage as apparently,
LEADED glass 'appears' IDENTICAL to PLASTIC
EXPLOSIVE !! This happened twice, so my
advice to others and a remembrance for
myself, is to SHIP your glass home !!
Pair of CUTE 'DYNAMITE' Penguins !!
Editor's Note : Upon arriving at Heathrow
Airport, London, less than an hour later, we
were going down the escalator to the first
floor exit doors, when the alarms sounded,
EVERYTHING 'shut' down, including the
escalators, and armed police forced us all
back up to the second level where we had
to exit to OUTSIDE stairways down to the
first level !! BUT, now, we're ALL outside
and the airport didn't reopen for like an
hour, so by this time, I'd ALMOST missed
the LAST transportation out to the hotels !!
I HOPE IT WASN'T MY PENGUINS AGAIN ??!!
** TRAVEL POWER !!
A wee hint for travelers abroad, whether
that be from the UK or the Continent to the
US or vice versa or ANY other combination !!
IF you expect to carry a LapTop or NoteBook
Computer along with you for use at your
hotel, etc., BE SURE to include the proper
wall plug adaptor for the country(s) you
will be traveling in !!
MOST LapTops manufactured today, are
supplied with 'intelligent' step down
transformers (power converters), i.e.,
that little 'black box' that's in-between
your wall jack and your computer !! Look
on the base of your transformer and VERIFY
that it's labeled 100 - 240 V(olts) 50 - 60Hz
(or 100 - 120V 60Hz, 220 - 240V 50Hz, or the
equivalent) !! This indicated that your
computer's transformer is 'SMART' enough to
be plugged into EITHER a US style 110 Volt
power supply OR a European style 220 Volt
THUS, ALL you will require, for proper
operation, is a conversion adaptor plug
allowing you to plug into your 'foreign'
power outlet receptacle !! These adaptor
plugs may be reasonably purchased at most
electrical supply outlets or across the
NOW, ENJOY YOUR VACATION !!
** E-BAY HINTS !!
If you sell on E-Bay and utilize their
PayPal utilities for production of Shipping
Labels, PAY ATTENTION TO THIS !!
IDEALLY, utilize the gummed label sheets
that are designed specifically for this
size label !! IF you elect to print your
label on 'plain' UN-gummed paper, when you
attach your label to your package, take
caution to secure your label with either
glue OR enough tape to fasten your label
properly !! I.e., suggestion, use 2" wide
clear tape ACROSS the label !!
To make a LONG story short, I had won a
small bid and the chap shipping my parcel,
produced a plain paper label, and ONLY
secured it to my package via a thin border
of tape around its perimeter !! Somewhere,
during shipment, MY label 'pealed' off my
parcel and attached itself to another
parcel due for a family in Portland, OR !!
I was awaiting multiple parcels that
week, so this one 'looked' like it might
be one of mine AND, it DID have my Name
and Address on it !! ONCE I had signed
for it, it's OUT of the US Postal system,
i.e., it's been delivered, and THAT's
THAT !! I.e., MY 'tracking number' was
recorded as delivered, ALTHOUGH my label
was on someone else's parcel !! They,
i.e., the postal authorities, ASSUME
that the proper label is attached to the
corresponding parcel !!
Editor's Note : ALWAYS INCLUDE INSIDE
ANY parcel you are shipping, either your
'card of introduction' or business card
or a copy of the auction or ANYTHING which,
specifies either the shippers (and
preferably the receivers) address !!
This allows the postal inspectors, IF
your parcel is lost, the opportunity of
discouvering its origin or intended
destination when they open your package
in a final desperation attempt to complete
** IRISH TRIVIA !!
Jack o' lanterns originated in Ireland
where people placed candles in hollowed-
out turnips to keep away spirits and
ghosts on the Samhain holiday !!
Research defines Samhain as the first day
of November, celebrated by the ancient
Celts as a festival marking the beginning
of winter and of the new year according
to their calendar; All Saint's Day or
Hallowmass !! Samhain Eve became known
as All-Hallows' Eventually, corrupted to
Hallow-e'en and now spelled Hallowe'en
or Halloween !!
** THE HARVEST MOUSE !!
In 1970, Belleek begin producing Christmas
plates to commemorate the season !! The
first series of 7 (seven) plates were
basically representative of Irish heritage,
peace and historic monuments !!
The second series of plates, beginning in
1977, were designed to honour the native
animals of Ireland !! As chief modeler and
designer, Fergus, in his usual methodical
fashion, combined with exhaustive research,
decided in 1978, to utilize the Harvest Mouse
of the British Isles as the representative
animal prototype for that year !!
Painstakingly, drawings were sketched, molds
were crafted, etc., and finally, a finished
product, a beautiful Christmas plate for 1978 !!
Unfortunately, for all concerned, those that
previewed Fergus' craftsmanship felt that his
beautiful image was more representative of a
ravenous rat !! They had absolutely NO
appreciation for his beautiful Harvest Mouse
SO, back to the drawing boards and, eventually,
the 1978 Christmas plate was redesigned to
honour the Leaping Salmon !! I mean, salmon
ARE nice, BUT, you can obtain salmon just
about anywhere !! We can even purchase FRESH
salmon just about year around out here in Puget
In any case, the Harvest Mouse plate eventually
found its place of honour in the collection of
one of our very fond Belleek International
Collector Society Honourees !! I was fortunate
enough to acquire this 'one of' plate from
this collection and here it is for your perusal !!
The Prototype One Of 1978
Harvest Mouse Christmas Plate !!
There's an ecological and environmental strip
in our Sunday Seattle Times PI Newspaper
Funnies Section, designated Mark Trail by
Dodd & Elrod !! I subscribe to this edition
ONLY so I'm able to read the Sunday funnies !!
In any case, one edition last fall, I came
across this insert which, is exactly what
prompted this editorial !!
To quote Dodd & Elrod :
"Except for the pygmy shrew, the Harvest
Mouse is the smallest mammal in the British
Isles .. It is about 5 inches long including
"It lives mainly in the ditches, pastures
and fields of cereal crops, and its most
noticeable features are its agile climbing
ability and its cleanliness
"The tiny rodent is one of the most assiduous
bathers of all creatures and spends much of
its time grooming
"Only when it is thoroughly clean does it
turn its attention to other matters
"Even the face-washing house cat is careless
compared to the Harvest Mouse
"Several times a day it stops what it is
doing and tidies up by licking its small
pink paws then scrubbing from head to tail ..
A REALLY Cute Little Harvest Mouse
Playing in the Crops !!
A Closer View of His Antics !!
Wildlife pictures, compliments of :
This is basically THE Site for Ornithologists,
i.e., Bird Watchers, BUT they also maintain a
voluminous picture collection all rare and
endangered species of animals !!
Del E. Domke, Belleek Consultant
16142 N.E. 15th. Street
Bellevue, WA 98008-2711
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