Simon Pearce opens his first glassblowing workshop in Kilkenny, Ireland. Prior to opening the workshop, Simon's design aesthetic and skills evolved during time spent at Shanagarry Pottery, which was owned by his parents. Simon then gained glassblowing experience working in European glass houses, traveling the world and through studies at the Royal College of Art in London.
From inception, Simon's vision has been to create products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use. This original vision and inspiration lives on with everything we do.
Seeking independence from European business constraints and high energy costs, Simon moves his operation to Quechee, Vermont, where he completes the restoration of a historic woolen mill. The Ottauquechee River provides hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces along with electricity for the entire facility.
Today, visitors to The Mill can view the hydroelectric turbine, interact with the teams of glassblowers, watch potters at work, shop in the retail store and enjoy a meal in the restaurant.
Simon opened the Glassblower Cafe, a place where visitors could enjoy lunch at the Mill. The Restaurant quickly gained public attention and is now one of the most popular fine dining establishments in Vermont. The restaurant features an award-winning wine list and is renowned for taking the best ingredients and preparing them carefully but simply. Guests enjoy overlooking the Ottauquechee River, a covered bridge and dining on original handmade glass and pottery designs while experiencing world class service.
Simon Pearce moves the company Headquarters to Windsor, Vermont, where a 32,000 square foot glass manufacturing facility is built. The space more than doubles the company's glass production capabilities.
Four years later, in April of 1997, a new pottery is opened on the Windsor site.
Today, visitors to Windsor can observe teams of glassblowers through a self-guided tour, watch potters at work and shop in the retail store.
Simon Pearce opens a third manufacturing facility at a former Bausch & Lomb location in Mtn. Lake Park, Maryland. Glass production begins in January of 1999. This 190,000 square foot facility enables the company to grow and expand production to meet the demand for Simon Pearce glass well into the future. Visitors can watch the glassblowers at work from a catwalk above the glassblowing floor and shop in the retail store.
Simon Pearce artisans in Vermont and Maryland are utilizing the same handcrafting principles and techniques Simon brought with him from Europe. Primarily focused on the East Coast and in New England, our glass, pottery and home accents are also offered nationwide in a network of specialty retail stores, and online.