Waterford Crystal Factory, Ireland
This evening, I am focusing on the Waterford Crystal Factory in Waterford, Ireland.
Crystal manufacture has a 200-year-old heritage in Waterford. Here visitors can visit the showroom wherein can be viewed the world's largest collection of Waterford Crystal, make purchases and watch the entire crystal making process from wooden moulds to cutting and engraving.
Here are the wooden moulds which are used in the first stage of shaping the molten crystal
Here is the blowing platform where Master Blowers shape and form the molten crystal using a furnace heated to 1400 degrees centigrade.
Here is a selection of video clips:
Sculpting and engraving crystal
Overall, a high quality and unique visitor experience which is fully deserving of a visit when in southern Ireland.