Posted on | February 1, 2010 | 19 Comments
We spent the a very cold January weekend in central Vermont. With the temperatures hovering around 10 degrees; snowshoeing was out of the question. Taking off my gloves to snap a photo was brutal enough. We spent the afternoon indoors visiting Simon Pearce’s workshop and restaurant in Quechee, Vermont.
Simon Pearce first opened his glassblowing workshop in Ireland. In the 1980’s Pearce moved his operation to a historic woolen mill in Quechee, Vermont. The Ottauquechee river roars just below, providing hydroelectric power for the glass furnaces along with electricity for the entire facility. Visitors can browse the retail store, watch potters and glassblowers at work and enjoy lunch or dinner in the restaurant overlooking the river.
Greg and I found the glassblowing process fascinating. Each piece is gorgeous and completely handmade. I made a mental note of all my favorite glasses, bowls, and pitchers to purchase once our renovation is done. Below photos of glassblowers and potters at work. How cute are the wool plaid curtains I spotted in the ladies bathroom? At the very bottom is the hydroelectric generator used to power the facility. Find out more at simonpearce.com.