Heritage Crystal History

Heritage Irish Crystal History

Joe Williams was born in Waterford City in 1944, three years prior to the revival of the crystal industry in the city which had flourised here since 1783. It became an industry famed throughout the world that would shape his working career for over half a century and see the birth of Heritage Irish Crystal.

In 1960, at the tender age of 15, Joe was employed as an apprentice glass-blower at Waterford Crystal. Excelling as a craftsman along with his passion for the industry Joe went on to enjoy a wonderful and varied career with Waterford Crystal. After almost 30 years, Joe held the position of General Manager of the Glass Blowing division at which time he took the brave decision to leave the corporate world and concentrate once again on the history of the craft that is authentic mouth-blown, hand-cut Irish crystal.

In 1990, Joe opened the doors to our crystal factory at Bilberry in Waterford City where HERITAGE was born. Our mission is to pursue excellence in the authentic craft of mouth-blown and hand-cut full lead crystal. It is our dedication and perfection of the age-old techniques brought to the city by our ancestors, which ensures our superior quality. Full lead molten crystal expertly blown, with patterns cut deeply with precision combined with an unique polishing formula result in our antique style quality with wonderful weight and a consistent diamond like sparkle in each and every piece.

Today the business is a family-run affair. Both Joe’s sons and daughter all take an active role in the company. With two generations now passionately pursuing the preservation of mouth-blown and hand cut crystal in Ireland, we look forward to the longevity of this fine art.