This amazing sculpture will be on display in the community over the summer to raise awareness about the happenings at Nobska. Stay tuned for where you can see it.
The Waterford Crystal Nobska Lighthouse
Waterford is honored to be a part of the Nobska Lighthouse renovation project with the creation of this commemorative crystal piece. Standing over 16” high and weighing 14 pounds, the Nobska crystal lighthouse is a symbol of true Waterford craftsmanship and brings to life the elite skills of Waterford Crystal’s Master Craftsmen who have spent years cultivating their craft, transforming the finest raw materials into crystal works of art. Over fifty man-hours were dedicated to creating this stunning one of a kind masterpiece. The windows, doors and the upper tier of the house are hand sculpted in addition to the finely sculpted supporting arms and detailed railing. Minimal cutting was applied to the body of the lighthouse which is finished with a beautiful satin patina, creating an exquisite balance of sculpted and clear crystal and beautifully showcasing the essence of Waterford.
Waterford Ireland’s Connection to Lighthouses
One of the oldest lighthouses in the World, The Hook Lighthouse, is situated at the tip of the Hook Peninsula in County Wexford, in Ireland. Operated by the Commissioners of Irish Lights, the Irish Lighthouse Authority, the Hook marks the eastern entrance to the estuary that connects the city of Waterford to the sea. It has been said that when the Earl of Pembroke sailed into Waterford in 1170 to take the city, he saw a tower on one side of the harbor and a church on the other side. He asked their names and was told they were the 'Tower of Hook' and the 'Church of Crooke'. Hence the saying, he would take Waterford 'By Hook or by Crooke.
The company of Waterford was first established in 1783 on land adjacent to Merchants’ Quay in the heart of the Irish harbor town of Waterford. Its founders were two brothers, William and George Penrose, who were important developers and principal exporters in the city. Their vision was to “create the finest quality crystal for drinking vessels and objects of beauty for the home.” Today more than two hundred years later Waterford has the finest quality crystal sought after by collectors and connoisseurs around the world and the reputation for creating glass of unsurpassed beauty and quality has transcended the intervening centuries. To recognize an authentic piece of Waterford, each piece of Waterford is watermarked with the word “Waterford”, a signature indicating the name of the finest crystal in the world. Waterford is making the everyday extraordinary by bringing people together through celebrations and social gatherings. Waterford was acquired by Fiskars Corporation in 2015 and is now part of Fiskars Living.
Tom Brenan, Master ArtistTom Brennan presented to sculpture to the Friends of Nobska community at the launch party for the Capital Campaign in June. Like his father, Tom Brennan was born in Waterford City, Ireland and fulfilled a lifelong dream of working for Waterford Crystal. From a young age, Tom aspired to follow in his father Leo's footsteps, by participating in the 200+ year tradition of fine crystal craftsmanship. Tom's career with Waterford Crystal began with his apprenticeship in 1986, where he mastered the art of crystal glass blowing. Today, as Spokesperson & Master Artisan, Tom’s craft comes to life as he educates and inspires Waterford consumers. One of his key roles is serving as spokesperson for the prestigious Waterford Crystal Times Square Ball, viewed by millions of people worldwide as they ring in the New Year. From Master Craftsman to Brand Ambassador, Tom’s journey is a reflection of his unrivaled passion for Irish heritage, his hometown, and Waterford Crystal.