January at Jerpoint is all about Showcase! Refreshed from the Christmas break and fully recharged; our creative juices are flowing as we add the finishing touches to our new collections of Irish handmade glass in time for the Expo.
Showcase is Ireland’s largest wholesale creative expo and one of the most important dates on the Irish retailer’s and craftsperson’s calendar. Now in its 37th year, Jerpoint first attended the show in 1981 and we have returned every year to meet with our customers and fellow makers, exhibit our handmade gifts, attend seminars, get inspired and unveil our new pieces.
Showcase is the perfect platform to launch our new bespoke glass for the coming year. Showcase put great emphasis on promoting new products and this year will be no exception. We will launch two new products at Showcase this year, our “Volcanics” sculpture and the Vintage Rose Collection in our exclusive new colour.
From hot molten each piece of Jerpoint Glass is formed in the 2000 year old tradition. What better medium to explore one of nature’s most volatile and awesome phenomena. Glassblowing is itself a volatile process of balancing and manipulating red hot glass, controlling the flowing liquid and shaping it into these beautiful sculptural pieces. Like the mountain; still and calm, never betraying its underlying tumultuous nature.
Vintage Collection - Cherry Blossom
For the Vintage Collection we looked to the past for inspiration from the glassware from the Georgian period when shapes were clean and simple and colour was often applied subtly. Introducing a faint rippled effect to the glass enhances its vintage appeal. With a soft pink and white hue of the cherry blossom colour throughout the curvaceous vases, dishes and jugs, this limited collection will definitely strike a chord with those who love quaint handmade gifts for their home.
Jerpoint will unveil the new ranges alongside the Jerpoint favourites at the RDS throughout the four day show. The new Irish handmade glass collections will be available from the Studio in February and in retail stores nationwide from March. These pieces are not currently available on line; however keep an eye on our special offers which will feature the new collections in the coming months. For information about the new pieces contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Creative Island
The Creative Island at Showcase is the Craft Council of Ireland’s selected area for products imagined, designed and made in Ireland; a place to discover beautifully crafted Irish products . Located in the Main Hall, Jerpoint will be amongst the 85 craftspeople waiting to meet new and existing customers. Jerpoint pieces have already been chosen for the “Selected at Showcase” area within the Creative Island; an area reserved to honour the highest standards of craftsmanship and to recognise excellence within the Creative Island. We are also hopeful that one of our new bespoke glass pieces will claim one of the prestigious Showcase awards!
So with our order books in hand, we look forward to seeing old and new customers from the 20th to 23rd at Showcase