Irish Handmade Glass to make international TV debut

Waterford’s Irish Handmade Glass Company will debut on one of the world’s largest shopping channels on St. Patricks’ Day, 2014.

The company, founded by four former Waterford Crystal craftsmen caught the attention of QVC when exhibiting at Showcase, Ireland’s Creative Expo.  Showcase has, for over 35 years, actively promoted unique, Irish, design-led products in fashion, crafts, gifts and home accessories.

According to Tony Hayes, a Master Glass Blower, The Irish Handmade Glass Company was one of only three Irish companies chosen by QVC.  “For our work to have been noticed and chosen by the QVC shopping channel is fantastic for us.  They were looking for something authentically Irish, creative, inspired and crafted by hand.”

“Having looked very closely at our portfolio QVC ordered our Lovebird pairs.  The birds are approximately 3 inches long and are inset with wildflower.  The wildflower takes its inspiration from Irish flora and each of the seven colours represents a different flower, such as the yellow of the buttercup, the violet of the bluebell and the green of the fern.”

“It’s wonderful for a company like ours to be exposed on such a global platform.  QVC is available to over 290 million homes around the world so it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for The Irish Handmade Glass Company to export worldwide.”

The founders of The Irish Handmade Glass Company are Danny Murphy, Tony Hayes, Derek Smith and Richard Rowe.  They established the company in the Kite Design Studios in the Viking Triangle and have almost 150 years cumulative experience in glass blowing and cutting.

Producing 100% mouth blown and hand cut coloured crystal in the Kite Design Studios in Henrietta Street the Irish Handmade Glass Company has quickly become one of Ireland’s leading glass manufacturers.

 Ciaran Cullen, Chief Executive, Waterford City Enterprise Board, which has supported Irish Handmade Glass since the beginning through funding and mentoring added, “This is a wonderful accomplishment for Tony, Danny, Richard and Derek.  They were chosen from over 350 exhibitors at the RDS Showcase exhibition last January and as a result will get an audience with the world’s leading retailer.”

“When the company was established in 2009 the aim of these highly-skilled glass cutters and blowers was to preserve a proud tradition indigenous to Waterford.  Not only have they done that, but now they will also bring this tradition to a multi-million audience worldwide.”

To see more from the Irish Handmade Glass Company go to www.theirishhandmadeglasscompany.comor call the Kite Design Studios on 051 858914.