Jim O’Leary Prestige
Our design director celebrates his 50-year career with a collection that takes its design inspiration from 18th Century Dublin Architecture.
Jim O’Leary, Design Director and global spokesperson, will celebrate his 50th Anniversary at Waterford Crystal on October 10,2010. He began as an apprentice in 1960 and became a master cutter by age 24. In 1980 Jim joined the ranks of the legendary design team and this began his travel to the United States where he charmed generations of collectors ever since.
This piece was inspired by the great Butler family and Earl of Ormonde. This is a heavy piece representing the symbolic reference to a strong family. It has a scalloped top, and a heavily cut pattern. A high degree of cutting skills required for this exquisite piece.
The Apprentice Bowl
The Apprentice Bowl is the final test piece for the apprentice Wedge Cutters. The cutting on this bowl comprises the entire body of skills necessary to be a fully qualified Wedge Cutter and is the accumulation of 5 years training. Once the apprentice has completed this bowl it then becomes his diploma piece.
Cliffs of Moher Vase
The spectacular sandstone and scale cliffs that run for 8 km and rear up to 200m out of the sea was the inspiration for this piece. Constant lashing by the stormy Atlantic Ocean has eroded the soft rock and here and there stacks of harder rock stand alone off shore.