Have Your Waterford Signed By Philip O'Keeffe
The opportunity to shake the hand that created so many masterful crystal creations is what brings Waterford Crystal enthusiasts out in droves to meet Master Cutter Philip O’Keefe at his many Ambassador Events.
Like many of Waterford Crystal’s other craftsmen, Philip clearly recalls his first day at the plant as a green 16 year-old: July 2, 1973. It seemed a massive and confusing place, but the chance to work for Waterford Crystal overcame any initial trepidation, and his early years were spent cutting stars on the bases of tumblers and glasses and learning at the feet of the master glasscutters.
Honing his craft at every opportunity, Philip achieved the status of Master Glass Cutter himself, specializing in Waterford Crystal’s heavier pieces; vases, decanters and salad bowls. It takes strength as well as skill and artistry to stand cut such pieces while standing, but Philip possessed both the might and the mettle.
Today Philip is a Master Cutter at the House of Waterford Crystal in Waterford City. His favorite pieces to craft are those requiring deep cuts into the crystal. Traditional deep cutting requires many years of practice to get the cuts correct and consistent, and only Philip’s experienced eyes can tell him if he has got them right. But the risk is well worth the reward: classic cuts which give the piece the Waterford hallmark of optimum shine and sparkle.
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You can order your pieces anytime prior to the event, and we will have them signed, gift wrapped and shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. free of charge.
The event is Wednesday, December 10, 2013.
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