An exhibition of design drawings and original works from the private collection of Waterford Crystal’s most famous designer Miroslav Havel. Running concurrently with the exhibition will be adult and children’s glass workshops and lectures on the history of glass in the city.
Miroslav Havel Drzkov, born in Czechoslovakia, came to Ireland in 1947 and was the first employee of the newly established Waterford Crystal. He adapted and built on the original Penrose designs for stemware and other table ornaments, including the classic design patterns Lismore, Colleen and Kildare, still in production today.
This exhibition reveals his extraordinary skill in designing and displays, for the first time, personal glasswork from the family archives.
Accompanying Lecture Series
- Monday 7th September, 4:00pm - From Factory Floor to Fine Dining, Waterford Glass, 1783—1852 by Dr Anna Moran, National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
- Friday 11th September, 1:15pm - Miroslav Havel (1922-2008): Chief Designer at Waterford Crystal by Professor Brian Havel, DePaul University, Chicago.
- Friday 18th September, 4:00pm - Collecting Glass: Heritage, History and the National Museum of Ireland Collection by Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper, Art and Industrial Division, National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts and History, Dublin.
- Tuesday 15th September, 6:30pm - Crystal or Glass? Contemporary Irish Glass Now by Sinéad Brennan, Glass Artist/Glass Society of Ireland.