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Art In Craft: Simon Pearce

SIMON PEARCE: A LEGACY OF ARTISAN DESIGN 

Whether it’s lead-free crystal glassware made with custom molds and purpose-built furnaces or hand-thrown pottery, Simon Pearce believes simplicity, quality and artisanship are tenets of a better way of life. From inception, his vision has been to create products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques. Each handcrafted piece carries a story that lends meaning, authenticity and grace to every use.

Growing up in Ireland, Simon Pearce learned to throw pots in his father's studio. At 16, he went to London to study glassblowing, then traveled Europe apprenticing with prestigious makers, including Venini in Italy and Boda and Orrefors in Sweden. In 1981, Simon moved his operations to Quechee, Vermont, where he restored an historic woolen mill. Relying on the nearby Ottauquechee River to power the furnaces and electricity for the entire facility, his workshop continues to create handcrafted crystal and stoneware masterpieces in a variety of shapes and styles.




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