Riley is partial to drinking his water from Waterford Crystal too…
Being Irish and having a particular love for handcrafted objects with more than a hint of heritage, I have a very soft spot for Waterford crystal. Founded in 1783, it’s a perfect fit. I love using crystal and don’t believe in saving it up for special occasions. I personally love using the most spectacular cut crystal goblets for my everyday water. It’s all about transforming the mundane…and light. Reflecting, chaneling and conducting light and that is what cut crystal does so wonderfully. I believe it’s worth investing in and love the idea of my glassware being used generation after generation. My Household heirlooms if you like.
I was saddened when the original Waterford crystal factory shut recently but feel privileged to have seen first hand the original factory when I worked on a project there last year. From the hand drawn felt tip pen markings on the glass to the wonderfully detailed sketches for each piece it was truly remarkable to see how much went into each object. I had the ultimate joy in creating my fantasy dining table setting entirely from Waterford crystal and Wedgwood china (another favourite). I pulled everything I could from the archives and showroom floor…From majestic trophies and gigantic punchbowls to tiny delicate glass slippers and dainty perfume bottles. A very upmarket supermarket sweep. The good news is that Waterford Crystal will reopen in June and to that I will raise my most exquisite cut glass!
The original machines
Love the religious sea shell shrine overlooking the factory floor
The hand drawn illustrations are so pretty ……
As are the computerized ones
Felt tips markings to show where the crystal gets cut. What a great still life
crystal stetson anyone?
A glass slipper. Cinderella moment
This was the recycling bin. The kind of recycling bin I like…
We fashioned the most beautiful table runner from crystal trays all placed together
The start of the Crystal sweep!
crystal on crystal….It gets addictive.
And dinner in the reflection of the most wonderful chandelier. Nice.