Irish Crystal studio, J. HILL’s Standard is a model of modern and visionary leadership bridging Ireland’s crystal tradition to today’s culture and aesthetics with the utmost integrity. Working with international designers and artists, the master-craftsmen of J. Hill’s Standard presents contemporary crystal collections anchored in their cultural heritage using time-honored techniques.
Hand-cut crystal is a craft synonymous with Ireland and, in particular, with the area around Waterford. At one time Waterford produced the world’s finest cut lead crystal, using 120 furnaces and 3,500 craft workers, drawing artisans, and industrialists from around the world. Sadly, the local industry has been in decline and only a handful of small workshops are still practicing the traditional craft.
At inception, the manufacture was inspired John Hill, a pioneer of crystal making who joined the Waterford Glass House in 1783. Before his sudden departure just three years later, he noted his formula – his ‘Standard’ – for compounding glass and passed it to a trusted friend who continued his legacy of excellence and set the course for the superior production of crystal in Waterford.
Anike Tyrrell, Founder of J. HILL’s Standard had led the Waterford County Enterprise Board for many years before she brought together the most skilled glassblowers and crystal-cutters of the region and started J. Hill’s Standard based on Mister John Hill’s secret crystal formula. The manufacture was born from a desire to preserve the craftsmanship legacy and cultural heritage of the region, bringing the expertise of Waterford County’s craftsmen to international design talents. Their first collections include designs by Martino Gamper, Scholten & Baijings, and Nigel Peake.
Through the establishment of sustainable handcrafted crystal manufacture, J. HILL’s Standard has plans to set up a glass blowing school and provide support for emerging glass artists of the region. The facility aims to become a platform that perpetuates the craftsmanship heritage with on-going research and development for new product designs and advanced glass technologies.