J.HILL’s Standard

Our products are a celebration of the progressive and handmade, where the hand of the maker is revealed. We explore the inherent qualities of crystal and innovations in cutting and embellishment.

Hand-cut crystal is a craft synonymous with Ireland – particularly the area of Waterford. From the ashes of an age- old industry, J. HILL's Standard joins forces with the few makers remaining to preserve and grow the skill in this region.

A small family company working from the Atlantic shore of Ireland, we are unconventional, individual and free spirited. Working with master craftsmen and an international resource of designers, we deliver rare and singular hand-crafted objects.

Introducing John Hill

Our brand takes the name of a pioneer in crystal production – John Hill.

Hill came to Ireland in 1783, bringing with him a deep knowledge of glass chemistry and a creative talent that would continue to influence the production of lead crystal for generations.

John left dramatically in 1786 after only three years in Ireland. Before he left he passed on his ‘Standard’, a unique formula for compounding glass. Hill’s influence continued to be felt long after he had parted.

Our brand is inspired by the story of this maverick and ingenious individual.

The Mark

The asterisk | and the obelisk | are used in literature to indicate footnotes — a critical point to bring to the reader’s attention.

When placed beside a date, the asterisk and obelisk marks indicate a year of birth and year of death respectively. In our case, the beginning and end of John Hill’s potent three-year tenure in Ireland.