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Meet the Master Craftsmen



Hand craftsmanship, precision, skill and artistic excellence remain the core components that go into the
creation of every piece of Waterford Crystal at the House of Waterford.

Waterford Crystal Master Craftsmen spend years learning the Waterford craft, with hands-on experience in every aspect of the crystal making process
transforming the finest raw materials into the world’s most luxurious crystal. The unique skills required of the Master Craftsman
are produced through decades of training in techniques perfected over hundreds of years.


Tom Brennan -- Waterford Spokesperson and Master Craftsman


Tom Brennan Tom Brennan

Like his father, Tom Brennan was born in Waterford City, Ireland and fulfilled a lifelong dream of working for Waterford Crystal. From a young age, Tom aspired to follow in his father Leo's footsteps, by participating in the 200+ year tradition of fine crystal craftsmanship. Tom's career with Waterford Crystal began with his apprenticeship in 1986, where he mastered the art of crystal glass blowing.

 

Today, as Spokesperson & Master Craftsman, Tom’s craft comes to life as he educates and inspires Waterford consumers. One of his key roles is serving as spokesperson for the prestigious Waterford Crystal Times Square Ball, viewed by millions of people worldwide as they ring in the New Year.

 

From Master Craftsman to Brand Ambassador, Tom’s journey is a reflection of his unrivaled passion for Irish heritage, his hometown, and Waterford Crystal.

 

Tom Brennan


Gerard Treacy


Gerard Treacy Gerard Treacy

Gerard began his career with Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass blower in 1979. Within a year he moved on to ball glass blower. The skill of the Master Glass Blower combines tremendous dexterity and coordination of hands, breath and strength, especially with the larger items.

In 1984, Gerard qualified as a glass blower and, three years later, became a Master Glass Blower.
He has worked on the entire range of Waterford Crystal stemwares.

 


Vincent Rellis


Vincent Rellis Vincent Rellis

For Vincent, working at Waterford was a family tradition with many of his siblings employed by Waterford Crystal. He commenced his apprenticeship in the craft of Rheintour or flat-cutting. This technique is especially difficult on the stems of wine glasses, as the cuts must be symmetrically placed around each stem. Waterford Crystal has designed suites based entirely on these flat cuts such as Curraghmore and the Royal Tara, inspired by 19th century Waterford Designs.

 
Vincent Rellis


Tom Power


Tom Power Tom Power

Tom began his career with Waterford as a Wedge Cutter 1969. Within ten years he advanced to Master Wedge Cutter. Meeting the criteria of 25 years experience as a Master Craftsman, Tom joined the Special Department of Waterford Crystal, cutting many one-off pieces that are destined to grace the display cabinet of many of the high achievers in sport, politics and business. One of his great works includes the Waterford Crystal Ball, lowered at the Times Square New Year's celebration in New York.

 
Tom Power


Philip O'Keeffe


Philip O'Keeffe Philip O'Keeffe

Philip started with Waterford Crystal in 1973 at sixteen years old. His early days were spent cutting stars on the bases of tumblers and glasses and learning from master glasscutters. Philip achieved the status of Master Glass Cutter himself, specializing in Waterford Crystal's heavier pieces. With strength, skill and artistry, Philip creates traditional deep cuts of shimmering elegance.

 
Philip O'Keeffe