Our History

Welcome to Jerpoint Glass Studio; home to the magic of mouth-blown, hand-made and hand-finished glassware. Located within the charming, rural village of Stonyford, Co. Kilkenny, the story of this family-run glassblowing studio began more than 40 years ago. Jerpoint Glass was established by Keith & Kathleen Leadbetter in 1979.

Keith initially worked in pottery and in laboratory glassblowing in the UK. In the late sixties, he trained as a glassblower in the prestigious Orrefors Glass School in Sweden. After travelling extensively throughout Europe to develop his skills as a glass maker, Keith returned to Ireland.

Kathleen is a self-taught artist who is passionate about aesthetics and design. She has created the unique coloured glass palette now synonymous with Jerpoint Glass. Together they started Jerpoint Glass Studio in December of 1979, from the converted Dutch barn at their home in Co. Kilkenny. 


From humble beginnings, the couple started designing and hand making glassware from their country farmhouse. With family, friends, music, song and integrity for the craft at its core, Jerpoint is now known across the globe for its honest form and use of colour inspired by the Irish landscape. True to its roots, today, Jerpoint Glass Studio continues the craft of glass making with family, friends and the spirit of Ireland at its heart. Guests see skilled glassblowers turn flowing red-hot molten glass into the beautiful Jerpoint shapes, right before their eyes – up close and personal.

 

Family Legacy

Their skill and passion for glass has now been passed onto their four children, who are all actively involved in the business. Rory has been a glass maker at Jerpoint for over a decade. He brings a new flamboyance in design that harmonises with the Jerpoint Tradition. Sally, Roisin and Eoghan are all involved in varying elements of the family business from design to marketing and sales. The Leadbetter Family have been making handmade glass from their studio for over forty years. With the unique Jerpoint coloured glass palette, Jerpoint will make a welcome addition to any home.

Rory Leadbetter - Master Glassblower at Jerpoint Glass
Courtesy of Ireland's Ancient East