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Head of Design
Fergus joined Belleek Pottery in 1978 after graduating from Belfast College of Art. Now as head of design, he manages a dynamic team of young designers working across the Pottery’s product ranges including the contemporary collection, Belleek Living.
Irish Designer Anthony Horrigan was born in Tipperary in 1988. After graduating with BA in Ceramic Design at Limerick School Of Art & Design in 2011, Anthony subsequently furthered his studies at Staffordshire University where he graduated with an MA in Ceramic Design in 2013.
Anthony has received many awards for his design work including the ‘Future Makers Innovation Award’ from the Crafts Council of Ireland, the ‘LIT purchase Award’ and the prestigious ‘Benjamin Boothroyd Award for Product Design’.
Before joining the Belleek Group in 2012, Anthony designed products for a variety of well established and contemporary brands including Wedgwood, Marks & Spencer, Flux Stoke-On-Trent and the British Ceramics Biennial to name a few.
Most recently Anthony has been invited as a visiting lecturer to Limerick School of Art and Design where he works with ceramic students to develop their product design and research skills.
His work for the Belleek Group is inspired by our interaction with everyday things, Anthony designs items with utility in mind, but strives to make products that are both a pleasure to use and something to enjoy visually.
My name is Catherine Townshend, I am a Designer at Belleek Pottery. I received an honours degree in Product Design through ceramics from Limerick School of Art and Design in 2001. I have been part of the Design Team in Belleek since 2002 working on a variety of projects from Classic Giftware and Tableware to the more contemporary BelleekLIVING Giftware, Tableware, Christmas, Jewellery and Fragrance Collections.
We create our design drawings on computer, model each item in plaster of Paris and make the master mould of each piece. I project manage most of Classic Belleek which has a traditional feel with a great emphasis on the USA market. The Belleek Classic product range has become more popular in the Irish and UK markets since introducing ranges like the Claddagh Tableware Collection. Giftware, lighting, tableware and special pieces like the Basketware are all part of Classic Belleek.
The areas I project manage in BelleekLIVING at the moment are BelleekLIVING Designer Jewellery, Luminaire/Lighting Collections and the Fragrance Collection. For every new design we create we have to consider the entire gift. This involves designing the packaging/box, ribbons, care cards and decorative elements like decals to achieve the finished piece. What I enjoy most about my work has always been taking a design from drawing stage, following it through the Pottery firing process and ending up with a beautiful finished piece of Belleek Pottery.
Wendy is an award winning designer maker working in porcelain, and graduated with an MFA in Multidisciplinary Design at Ulster University in 2015.Wendy was the recipient of the Richard K Degenhardt, Belleek Collectors Scholarship in 2014 and since then was selected for Craft Northern I Ireland’s business programme, ‘Making It’ 2015-2017. It was the breath-taking beauty of the Fermanagh landscape that captured Wendy’s imagination for the Lough Collection. The beautiful sunsets and the reflections of the sunlight on the water inspired Wendy to capture this stunning interaction through porcelain. The rural landscape is abundant with intricate structure and pattern and it was the wild grasses and reeds that Wendy interpreted in porcelain in a contemporary approach. Each piece is beautifully handcrafted from Belleek porcelain.
Most recently Wendy has been awarded 'Ambassador for European Ceramics' a winner in the international ceramic competition - 'Ceramics and its Dimensions Future Lights'. This international award recognises her exceptional abilty to combine high quality handcraftsmanship into industrially produced procelain.
Every Belleek piece passes through 16 hands; on its process every piece is marked by the craftsperson. You can find this mark on the bottom of the Belleek piece.
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