Waterford Crystal Anyone?

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From Dublin we drove south to the land of shamrock seahorses…Waterford.  Our friend, Deborah really wanted to go and we are glad she did, it was a great day trip.  The town of Waterford is a beautiful port town and of course is home to Waterford Crystal.  You can take a tour of the factory and see every step of the process of making crystal, up close and personal.  It gives you a whole new appreciation to Waterford Crystal!  To become a Waterford Crystal artist it takes a 5 year internship, afterwards there is a crystal bowl with every type of cut on the one bowl.  If the artisan doesn’t get it perfect they have to start all over again and cannot take the “test” again for 5 more years!  That is some serious pressure!

On the tour you get to see the whole process from blowing the crystal to engraving the final piece.  The amount of people and time it takes for each piece makes you realize why Waterford Crystal is so special.  Plus, it is fun seeing how things are made!

First steps, molding the crystal by hand.

First steps, molding the crystal by hand.

Hand carving

Hand carving

The beautiful showroom

The beautiful showroom

 

Getting excited for football season!

Getting excited for football season!

 

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