Jerpoint Glass Studio
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Jerpoint Glass, Stoneyford -(opposite Mount Juliet), Thomastown, Kilkenny,
Mr Keith and Kathleen Leadbetter
For thirty-five years the craftsmen at Jerpoint have created beautiful handmade glassware. From the studio in Stoneyford, each piece is handmade using simple hand tools and 2000 year old traditions. Members of MADE in Kilkenny.
A trip to Jerpoint Glass Studio offers a truly unique experience. Jerpoint Glass Studio is an Irish handmade glass company and a true family business. Established in 1979 by Keith and Kathleen Leadbetter, together with their small team of glassblowers, they have built Jerpoint into an internationally recognised name. Watching glass blown by hand is a most exciting spectacle! From the viewing area at the glass studio, you will see the skilled glassblowers perform their magic as they turn flowing red-hot molten glass into the beautiful Jerpoint shapes, right before your eyes.
Working with a material over 1100oC the glassblower’s day ranges from the balancing act of shaping a paperweight to the intricate dance that forms a wine glass, involving 5 separate gathers of hot molten glass. Yet the simple hand tools of the glass blower have hardly changed since their origins 2000 years ago when glassblowing was introduced.
A master glass blower, using movements that are deceptively minimal develops the desired shape by strategically heating, cooling and manipulating the red-hot liquid glass, until the transformation takes place. Keep an eye of our website jerpointglass.com for our “Blow a Glass Bubble” events when we give you the opportunity to try your hand at mastering glassblowing!
In the adjacent stone building you will find our shop and gallery where the full Jerpoint collection is available including one-off pieces and seconds available at reduced prices. Throughout the charming nineteenth century stone building you will find our handmade glass and beautiful accessories that we have chosen to complement your Jerpoint. Our friendly staff will help you choose from scented candles, soft woollen blankets, adorable baby gifts and colourful jewellery. We offer, international shipping, wish-lists or wedding-lists, logo and personalising service plus complimentary gift-wrapping.
Upstairs in the Glass Attic Gallery you will discover carefully selected work by some of Ireland’s finest craftsmen. Paintings by local artists adorn the walls, combined with elegant sculptures and bespoke studio glass pieces.
Nestled in the beautiful Kilkenny countryside, the creative heart of Ireland, Jerpoint Glass Studio is an ideal destination for an enjoyable afternoon. With nearby walking trails, artisan cafes and restaurants there's so much to do for those interested in glass, craft and beautiful scenery! Guest restrooms and plenty of free parking on site too.