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Belleek Classic Irish Craft Mugs (Set of 4)

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  • Our craft mugs (set of four) are made with Belleek’s white parian porcelain and are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.
  • Since the mid-19th century, Belleek has been famous for its parianware, which is delicately molded to mimic the look of Greek marble.
  • Belleek pottery has been famously collectable since the company’s earliest days; many of the company’s antique pieces are on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
  • All Belleek items undergo the company’s “16 Hands” creation process, in which 16 separate designers and artisans craft and examine each piece.
  • Our lovely mugs are a perfect gift for a newly engaged or married couple, or for anyone who wants to celebrate Ireland’s rich artistic traditions.


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Manufacturer: Belleek China

Our set of four Classic Irish Craft Mugs are crafted by Belleek Pottery of their signature cream-colored parian ware. Delicate embossing displays an intricate pattern of Irish shamrocks and Celtic knots and swirls. As practical as they are beautiful, our mugs feature a curved rim to help prevent spillage and are safe to use in both the microwave and the dishwasher.

The arts and crafts movement in Ireland emerged concurrently with the design trend in England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. On the Emerald Isle, however, the movement had the added significance of serving as a visual counterpart to the Celtic Revival, which was championed by the Gaelic League and other nationalist organizations. The Celtic Revival sought to re-educate Irish society about their country’s literary and artistic legacy and to celebrate it. One of the key figures in the Irish crafts movement was artist Alice Jacob, whose work and legacy are honored in our Craft mug set.

She was born in New Zealand in 1862 to Irish parents. The family returned to Dublin in 1871, where Jacob eventually went on to attend the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. She quickly became a successful design instructor and illustrator of botanicals and was commissioned to design and paint a set of Belleek china for Trinity College Dublin’s botany professor, Dr. Perceval Wright. Jacob was also known for her lace designs, and she supplied many linen companies with her work, most of which featured botanical designs. By 1900, she was a household name in the lace industry.

In 1908, she was appointed as the artist-in-residence at the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, where her botanical illustrations were notable for their scientific rigor and accuracy. Jacob was also a supporter of the Celtic Revival and a member of the Gaelic League. She learned Irish and would sign and date her paintings in the Gaelic script. She died in 1921, not long after Ireland was granted its independence from Britain.

Our Classic Irish Craft mugs feature an elegant design by Jacob that pays tribute to Ireland’s rich history of artisanal craftsmanship.

Jacob’s design features the ever-Irish shamrock, as well as a Celtic knot that mimics the shape of the harp, another quintessentially Hibernian symbol. Both the harp and the shamrock experienced a resurgence in popularity with the rise of Irish nationalism in the mid- and late-19th century. The shamrock has also been associated with Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, who was said to have used the three-leafed clover to explain the concept of the Holy Trinity to the pagan Celts. The image of the harp is tied to Ireland’s history as a bardic culture and a testament to the country’s rich storytelling and musical tradition. While the shamrock is most widely recognized as an Irish symbol, it is actually the harp that is the country’s official emblem (the left-facing harp appears on Irish currency).

Founded in 1857, Belleek is Ireland’s longest-operating fine pottery, and our mugs, like all of their products, undergoes a rigorous inspection process to ensure that they are guaranteed flawless. Many of the company’s designs feature iconic Irish images, like shamrocks, Celtic knots, and the Claddagh ring. The set of four cups makes a wonderful housewarming or wedding gift, and it pairs beautifully with other Belleek teaware for a perfectly coordinated cuppa with friends or family.

Product Features We Adore

Curved Rims

Gently beveled rims helps prevent drips and spills

Sturdy Cream Ceramic

Perfect for every-day use

Celtic Design

Inspired by the 19th century Irish Arts & Crafts movement



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