It is thought that lustre glazes were applied to pottery in Mesopotamia as early as the 9th century and the technique later became popular in Persia and Syria in the 12th century. Unlike these early Eastern lustres that were bold and brightly coloured, Belleek Pottery founding partner, Robert Armstrong strived to produce lustreware with much softer colours inspired by the iridescent qualities of sea shells. Here at Belleek Pottery we have been using lustre decoration since the 1870‚ to adorn pieces with iridescent washes of colour and mother of pearl. The Lustre Mug Collection has been developed to celebrate this long established use of lustre, where it has been applied to fun contemporary shapes to create a modern twist on a traditional technique.
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