Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My little town Belfast, Maine anka (also now known as) Chicken Village!!!

Here is a design I did on spec a few years ago for my 'dinnerware' portfolio. I used to develop a portfolio of designs 'in the round' which I then took down to my tabletop (any item that goes on a tabletop...plates, mugs, glassware etc) clients in New York with the hopes of the design being purchased for use on ceramic or porcelain ware....unfortunately this design was left an orphan so I recently decided to recycle it into a celebration of the colourful history of my wonderful town Belfast, Maine.

So here is the reworked design in all it's strutting glory!!

Belfast, Maine is an excellent coastal 'village' at the top of Penobscot Bay, and a wonderful place to live. In the 'olden' days it was a shipbuilding port and Belfast area shipyards built more than 600 sailing vessels during the mid-19th century. It was indeed named after Belfast, Northern Ireland where shipbuilding was also a very important trade.
By the 1950s poultry, sardine and potato companies had set up processing plants along the waterfront. Belfast called itself the “Broiler Capital of New England” and each July thousands came to eat barbequed chicken on 'Broiler Day'. The first 'Broiler Day' was July 10th 1948 and there were 2,000 people in attendance. Learn more about the history of Belfast, Maine at the
Belfast Historical Society and Museum
Celebrate Belfast with a t-shirt from my online store
...or a BBQ apron
...or a mug that says "Greetings from Chicken Village, Maine"

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