Today the Taoiseach will hand over a little piece of the South East to Trump.
A special handmade piece of crystal will be presented to Donald Trump in Washington, crystal that was handcrafted by Eamon Terry owner of Criostal na Rinne in the Waterford Gaeltacht of An Rinn
Eamon, a former Waterford Crystal master glass cutter, designed and cut the crystal bowl.
He explains the inspiration behind his design. “The design of the bowl is inspired by the artwork from the Book of Kells, one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures”.
Speaking about his craft Eamonn said, “I wanted to showcase our local craft traditions by drawing on our rich heritage for this special piece which also has a lot of tradition attached to it. I hope when people see the shamrock bowl they will want to visit the studio and experience for themselves a demonstration of the craftsmanship that goes into making hand cut crystal.”
Eamonn hopes that the international exposure from this special commission will help raise the appeal of cut crystal and revitalise the craft itself for a younger generation.
Eamon learned his own trade in Waterford Crystal before he founded Criostal na Rinne in 1987. He is no stranger to making one-off commissions of this kind, having made crystal pieces that have been presented to the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, former President Mary McAleese, HRH Prince Edward, 2nd Duke of Kent and former Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daly.