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Even when we’re overwhelmed by conditions we need not lose control, it’s important to not lose heart and keep trying. We need to keep an open mind and sometimes make major changes or take risks.
The Irish Potato Famine (1846-51) resulted in a 30% drop in the population of the west of Ireland. The prolonged suffering of the Irish peasantry had broken the survivors in body and spirit.
John Bloomfield, the owner of the Castle Caldwell in County Fermanagh, was working on the recovery of his estate when he noticed that the exteriors of his tenant farmers’ small cottages had a vivid white finish. After inquiring, he was informed that there was a clay deposit on his property of unusual fine quality.
To generate revenue and provide employment on his estate, Bloomfield built a pottery factory at the village of Belleek in 1857. The unusually fine clay produced a porcelain china that was translucent with a glass-like finish. It was worked into traditional Irish designs and was an immediate success.
Today, Belleek’s delicate strength and its iridescent pearlized glaze is enthusiastically purchased the world over. This multi-million dollar industry arose from innovative thinking during times of crisis and adversity.
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