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For over 235 years, Waterford Crystal and the visionary characters behind its evolution have crafted a unique story in glass.Friday, 31 May 2019

By House of Waterford Crystal
House of Waterford Crystal

For over 235 years, Waterford Crystal and the visionary characters behind its evolution have crafted a unique story in glass. Imagine the times: In 1783, when Beethoven was publishing his first works and the world’s first hot air balloon was launched in Paris, in Waterford, George and William Penrose petitioned parliament for aid to establish the manufacture of flint glass in their Waterford Glass House.

A luxury collection of the finest crystal continues to be made by skilled craftsmen at the House of Waterford Crystal factory situated in the Viking Triangle in Waterford City. The House of Waterford Crystal welcomes around 200,000 visitors annually from across the world.

On a tour, guests visit the mould room where they witness mould-making — a technique that’s remained unchanged throughout the centuries. From there, visitors enter the blowing department, where glowing balls of crystal are transformed by breath into majestic shapes as they are put through the 1,300C furnace. The master blowers shape the molten crystal flawlessly with the use of these wooden moulds and hand tools. The Waterford Crystal pieces are then hand-marked for precision and accuracy, and they’re then cut, sculpted and engraved.

While getting a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of this highly skilled method of crystal manufacturing, visitors also see the high standards that the House of Waterford Crystal has for each piece that leaves the factory. The crystal is inspected at each stage of production, so each piece, no matter how small, goes through six inspections, and if it fails to reach the Waterford Crystal standards at any stage, it’s smashed and returned to the furnace to be remelted so that the piece can be started again. Visitors who pass through the factory at the House of Waterford Crystal can bear testimony to the skill that’s brought to bear in every piece, blending ancient craft with modern techniques.

On completion of the tour, visitors can experience over 12,000sq ft of crystal heaven in the largest retail and showcase of Waterford Crystal in the world.

DON'T MISS

The private tour at Waterford is a premium, fully guided one-hour experience with a dedicated guide

NEED TO KNOW

KEY FACILITIES

• Guided factory tour
• Coffee shop
• Store
• Tax-free shopping
• Worldwide shipping

GET IN TOUCH

waterfordvisitorcentre.com

T: +353 51 317000

E: houseofwaterfordcrystal@fiskars.com

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