A Dungannon craftsman will see his creations showcased at a major awards gala in Mid Ulster next week.
Gary Currie has produced the winners’ pieces for the Belle of Mid Ulster event, which has seen heats taking place at local venues over recent weeks and months, and will be in attendance at the glittering ceremony next Thursday night in Cookstown’s Royal Hotel.
Gary’s studio, Dun Ri Glassware, started life a few years ago as a way of preserving the tradition of glass blowing in the area famous for the world renowned brand, Tyrone Crystal.
Dun Ri’s workshops in glass blowing are proving to be extremely popular with people interested in trying out the craft, who regularly travel from across the north of Ireland to have a go at creating their own unique piece of glassware.
And such is the demand for Gary’s bespoke creations that he has even finalised a deal to produce around 90 pieces of giftware for the annual Irish Dancing Teachers’ Convention in Cavan later this year.
Gary recently also welcomed Co Tyrone photographer, John O’Neill, who worked as a master craftsman in Tyrone Crystal for over 17 years, to sample the Dun Ri Glassware experience.
“When the old Tyrone Crystal factory closed, it was a real blow to the area”, Gary told me.
“I saw the setting up of Dun Ri Glassware as a way of keeping the tradition of glass making alive in this part of Tyrone and thankfully, interest in our workshops and our range of products is starting to pick up.
“We are almost finished work on our new furnace, which will allow us to produce even bigger and better quality pieces of glass.”
You can find out more about Dun Ri Glassware on their Facebook page here or contact Gary directly on 07789134798.