After the closure of the Waterford Crystal factory in Waterford City Ireland in January 2009, a group of Master craftsmen with a combined total of over 130 years experience in glass- making, came together and made the decision to set up a glass making facility of their own in the very heart of Waterford City. Located in the new 'Kite Design Studio', The Irish Handmade Glass Company aim to bring the craft of glass making to life for visitors to historic Henrietta Street in the Viking Quarter of Waterford City. Watch in amazement as renowned Glass Master, Richard Rowe transforms the molten glass into works of art before your very eyes. Our aim, along with keeping the craft alive, is to create beautiful, affordable glassware, both crystal clear and also coloured which is not only pleasing to the eye, but also practical to use.
In these modern times the vast majority of glass making companies now use automation to produce their products. Here at The Irish Handmade Glass Company all our products have been hand made here on our premises in historic Waterford City. Our glass is a non- lead based crystal, ‘Crystalline’ which is melted from its pellet form in our purpose built furnace which produces 385 lbs of glass per day.
We welcome visitors to our studio to experience our craft and see first hand how glass is formed in the traditional way. We have been joined by Master Engraver,Sean Egan www.seaneganartglass.com who can add an extra dimension or personalisation to your piece if required. We are also pleased to offer a repair service. If you have a piece of crystal which has been chipped or broken send us an image and we can advise on any available options.
Danny Murphy Master Glass Cutter:
Danny has been cutting glass since 1977 and durng that time he has gained a vast knowledge of his craft. He is responsible for all the cutting designs for us at The Irish Handmade Glass Company.
Derek Smith Master Glass Maker:
Derek began his career as a Glass Blower in 1978 and spent the majority of his time blowing large items and world sports awards. Derek specialises in medium to large vases and bowls.
Tony Hayes Master Glass Maker:
Tony was one of the last apprentices employed by Waterford Crystal. He began his apprenticeship in 1986, qualifying as a blower in 1991 and he bacame a Master in 1994. He now creates many of the figurines made by The Irish Handmade Glass Company.
Richard Rowe Master Glass Maker:
Richie has been blowing glass for the last 46 years. During his time working for Waterford Crystal he has worked with many of the most recognised glass artists from around the world. Amongst these are Dale Chihuly, Joe Rosano and Dan Dailey. Richie is considered to be one of the finest glass makers ever to emerge from Waterford and this can be seen in the many works of art he has created at The Irish Handmade Glass Company.