Simon Pearce Inc, the large and thriving glass, pottery, and home accents company with retail stores throughout the USA was started by the man himself – Simon Pearce. Mr Pearce gained his glassblowing and pottery skills first in Kilkenny Ireland and then at the Royal College of Art in London. In 1981 he came to Quechee, Vermont where he renovated and restored a historic woolen mill and established Simon Pearce Inc. USA. The Ottauquechee River provides the hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces as well as the electricity for the entire facility. Today Simon Pearce has three glassblowing and pottery facilities in: Windsor, Vermont; Quechee, Vermont and Mt Lake Park, Maryland (glassblowing only). All sites have a visitor observation area to see the artisans at work!
Here is Nathan one of the glassblowers in the Quechee Vermont studio making stemware. He makes about 9 wine glasses an hour. Nathan has been working as a glassblower for nine years and his Dad, Nathan Sr (not in photos) is a Master glassblower who has worked at Simon Pearce for eighteen years!
And upstairs in the retail shop are the finished stemware designs on display
This is the Royalton Collection and my new favorite stemware! I really love the quilted design and the size of the pieces. I started collecting the champagne flutes on the day of this visit and plan on pairing them with some colored vintage wine stems I have had for years. Oh and all of Simon Pearce glass is LEAD FREE which is really good for both the consumer and the environment. I own lead crystal stemware and the weight, color and clarity of Simon Pearce pieces are just as beautiful.
Next I want to show you a sampling of their pendant lighting. I would love to use one of these designs in an upcoming interior design project…maybe 2-3 of the same design over a kitchen island!
As stated in the Simon Pearce website “Simon’s vision has always been to create products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time honored techniques intended for a lifetime of everyday use.”
I love the designs and the neutral, elegant hues of the pottery collections. Below is the Woodbury Collection – it comes in both round and square dinnerware so you can mix it up.
Want to breath new life into your everyday dinnerware? Add a few of these oval serving pieces, all part of the Barre Collection. That generous creamer in the front would work great with any morning coffee ritual!
So before you make the regular “Barrel or Barn” run, consider Simon Pearce first. Whether you need a gift, or want to add to your own stemware, barware, or dinnerware needs, the quality and style at Simon Pearce are second to none and all Made in the USA! For more information, store locators, or to order online go to: www.simonpearce.com