Simon Pearce

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Simon Pearce retail store on Park Avenue, Manhattan, New York

Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur in glassblowing and pottery, who learned his trade in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Business development[edit]

Pearce located his first US factory, in Quechee, Vermont in 1981. This site, which is powered hydroelectrically by the Ottauquechee River, became a showroom, restaurant, and glass-blowing demonstration facility.[1] The New York Times described him as a prominent American designer of glassware,[2] and his works have been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries[3] and to presenters at the Academy Awards.[4]

Pearce's company headquarters is in Windsor, Vermont, another manufacturing facility is in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland.[5] His company has retail outlets, sometimes with associated restaurants, on both coasts of the US.[2]

Personal life and family[edit]

As of 2010, Pearce reportedly maintained a home in Norwich, Vermont.[citation needed] He and his wife, Pia, have four sons. Their youngest son is Kevin Pearce, a snowboarder, who was seriously injured in 2009 while training for the Olympics.[6] Kevin is the subject of the 2013 HBO film The Crash Reel.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eiseman, Alberta (August 21, 1988). "Glassmaking Finds a Home in Vermont". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Hooper Samuels, Sam (March 24, 2006). "Glassmaking in Vermont". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Cullen, Kevin (May 2, 2008). "Irish PM gives $2M to the Kennedy Library". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Pollak, Sally (Feb 27, 2007). "Vermont goes to the Oscars". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "About Us—History". Simon Pearce Company website. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  6. ^ Branch, John (May 3, 2010). "No Place Like This for Soothing Care". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Crash Reel". Retrieved July 9, 2014.