Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, has been associated with highest quality crystal production for centuries. A collective of retired master craftsmen of the Waterford Crystal factory decided that between them their skills honed over 140 years and perhaps they should set up in business themselves. Out of that decision made at a kitchen table, a new modern, enthusiastic and fresh company called The Irish Handmade Glass Company was born.
Producing the highest quality crystal at Kite Design Studios, Henrietta Street, Waterford, you are invited to witness the amazing skills of master craftsmen as they transform molten crystal into works of art before your eyes. Rarely are moulds used at The Irish Handmade Glass Company, making each product truly unique. All pieces are 100% mouth blown and hand cut on site with a the ‘Guaranteed Irish’ logo on each product.
Meet the Masters:
Richard Rowe: Master Glass maker: Richard has been blowing glass for 45 years and many of his pieces can be seen in stately homes throughout the world. During his 42 years at Waterford he has worked with many leading names in the Glass art world.
Danny Murphy: Master Glass maker: Danny, a Master Wedge cutter, completed his apprenticeship at Waterford in 1982 and spent the next 27 years working on many different projects. Danny is responsible for all the cutting design patterns in the Company.
Tony Hayes: Master Glassmaker: Tony began glassblowing in 1986 in Waterford Crystal. He spent many years as a ‘Stemware’ blower, retrained as a ‘heavy’ blower and then he himself became an instructor.
Derek Smith: Master Glass Maker: Derek began his apprenticeship in 1977 and during his 32 years at Waterford he specialised in blowing trophies for World Sports competitions. In 1995 Derek became an instructor in the glassblowing department.