Having joined Waterford Crystal in 1978 at the age of 17 years old, Eugene spent the next 8 years training as an apprentice, until he qualified as a Master Glass Cutter in 1986. After 10 years of developing his craft, he was promoted to Training Instructor within the famous cutting department where he trained and helped the other Master Cutters to perfect their skills. Having left Waterford Crystal after 28years, he decided to launch Íona Crystal and using traditional methods of Mouth Blown and Hand Cutting techniques, he set about designing and producing wonderful hand crafted Irish Crystal.
Wedge Cutting is used for intricate cutting on Iona Crystal pieces. These deep wedge shaped cuts, cut at 90 degree angles which create prisms that diffuse the light and intensifies its reflection. Before the crystal is cut, it is marked with a felt tip pen to give a rough guide to the design. However, it is the cutter’s own sight and feel that are the true guides to position and depth of the cuts. Wedge cutting includes “Upright Cuts”, “Starburst cuts”, “ Swerve Cuts” and diamond cutting known as “Karo”. Eugene has designed and produced a vast range of Iona Crystal products including World Championship Trophy’s, National & International Golfing Trophy’s Exclusive Family Pattern Stemware just to mention a few.
Eugene lives in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford which is the home of Íona Crystal.
To check out our full range of product go to our website: www.ionacrystal.ie
To contact Eugene directly Tel: 087-2406209