Family & History

Keith & Kathleen

Keith initially worked in pottery and in laboratory glassblowing in the UK. In the late sixties, he attended the prestigious Orrefors Glass School in Sweden to formally train as a master glassblower. 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 colored 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.


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 harmonizes with the Jerpoint Tradition. Eoghan is a glassblower by day and musician by night! Roisin, a painter, is very involved with the gallery at Jerpoint Glass and Sally coordinates the marketing for the family business. The Leadbetter Family have been making handmade glass from their studio for over thirty years. With the unique Jerpoint colored glass palette, Jerpoint will make a welcome addition to any home.