Get to Know: Kerry Crafted Glass

Get to Know: Kerry Crafted Glass

Located in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland, Kerry Crafted Glass is the handiwork of master craftsman Terence MacSweeney. He is no stranger to the craft, having started blowing glass in 1979 as well as training with well-known artisans and companies, including Langham Glass, before opening his business in 1998.

Today, he and his wife Helen along with their three daughters Niamh, Ruth, and Meabh oversee this family business, a venue that is open to visitors who wish to see and learn about the ancient art of glass blowing.

Each piece of Kerry Crafted Glass is made onsite. They are not only blown by mouth but also shaped by hand. The process begins with recycled glass pieces being melted in the company’s furnace. These burn at an astonishing 1,200 degrees. From there, the glass is gathered onto the blowing iron and blown. Color is also added at this time. More glass can be added to achieve the desired size or thickness. Next, the artisan moves to the bench to begin forming the shape of the piece. The entire process is hands-on—much like creating a work of art on canvas or a sculpture.

Candlesticks, urns, vases, bowls, lamps, and mirrors are just a few of the pieces that are created in this unique studio. Inspiration for both shape and palette often comes from the company’s location. The studio is situated near the Lakes of Killarney and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, a mountain range that includes Ireland’s highest peaks.

Creative Irish Gifts is proud to carry pieces from Kerry Crafted Glass. You can shop the collection here.

To learn more about the company and their craftsmanship, visit KerryCraftedGlass.com.


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