Claddagh 10oz Mugs (Set of 2)
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- Our Classic Claddagh mugs (set of two) hold 10 ounces of liquid and are dishwasher and microwave safe.
- Our lovely mugs are crafted of Parian porcelain and feature beveled rims to prevent drips and spills.
- Though their exquisite craftsmanship makes them a wonderful heirloom, our mugs are sturdy enough for daily use.
- Like all Belleek pieces, our Claddagh mugs are guaranteed flawless after passing the company’s extensive inspections.
- Pair our Claddagh mugs with our Claddagh creamer, pitcher, and sugar bowl (all sold individually) for a wholly Irish teatime.
Manufacturer: Belleek China
Belleek’s Classic Claddagh mugs are a perfect way to share your morning cup of Barry’s with a loved one. The pair of two 10 ounce mugs are crafted from Belleek’s signature white Parian porcelain and feature the immediately recognizable Claddagh ring emblem, as well as an elegant Celtic knot pattern at the base.
Many legends surround the origin of the Claddagh design, but all have their roots in the eponymous fishing town in Co. Galway. Many believe that Richard Joyce, a man from the village of Claddagh, was captured by pirates sometime in the 17th century. Joyce eventually learned the goldsmithing trade and crafted a ring featuring a crowned heart held by two hands, a ring he hoped to give to the sweetheart he left in Ireland. The heart, naturally, symbolized romantic love; the crown, loyalty, as he hoped his love would be loyal to him; and the hands, friendship. The clasped hand design was not a new one at the time—fede rings (from the Italian mani in fede, “hands clasped in faith”) had been popular tokens of engagement or friendship since the Roman era. Joyce’s addition of the crown and the heart, of course, added new layers of meaning to the motif.
Of course, the Claddagh ring would not be as popular as it is if Richard Joyce’s story did not have a happy ending. After several years of captivity, Joyce finally returned home to the Emerald Isle, and happily found that his faithful lover had waited for his safe return. He proposed to her, using the ring he had made, and the two were wed. Whether or not this story is true no longer matters—the story of the Claddagh design has become so iconic that the legend surrounding it has taken on a life and truth of its own.
Today, the image decorates not only rings—though it remains a sought-after engagement ring design, often set with precious stones—other forms of jewelry, and even home decor. Many of Belleek Pottery’s most coveted pieces feature the Claddagh design, and when paired together, they make an exquisite and elegant dinnerware set.
Belleek, Ireland’s oldest continually-operating fine pottery, has been in business for over 160 years since founder John Caldwell Bloomfield inherited his family’s property in the town of Belleek, Co. Fermanagh. He found that his estate was ideal for making clay, and thus, he and his partners founded Belleek Pottery. Just a few years later, they began offering items in highly-prized Parian, a form of porcelain invented by English potters and named for its similarity to marble from the Greek island of Paros. Because the parian is worked in liquid form and poured into molds, it can take on any number of involved or complicated designs and textures, making it ideal for crafting figurines and busts. Belleek has used Parian to create lovely and intricate ornaments, but also to add finely-detailed embossing to their plates, cups, and other tableware.
Their parian offerings were immensely popular right off the bat, and even Queen Victoria is said to have made large orders of it. The cream-colored, pearlescent china remains Belleek’s most iconic, despite the company’s expansion to include items of crystal and cutlery.
Our set of two mugs makes a perfect anniversary, engagement, or wedding gift—they are a lovely and useful way to celebrate Irish design and heritage.
Product Features We Adore
One of Ireland's best-known symbols of eternal love
Celtic Knot Detailing
Representing an ancient Irish design pattern known for intricate interconnectivity
Gently beveled rims helps prevent drips and spills