Eamonn Vereker’s Story

“I love it here because all around me I see the long view of the hills, the sweep of the coastline and the passage of time. I believe aspects of these observations are reflected in my work.”

Eamonn Vereker's Story

Eamonn Verker - Glass Artist

Eamonn was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. The oldest of twelve children--eight boys and four girls. He grew up working on the land in rural Ireland. Some of his most treasured memories came from working with his family on the farm, doing whatever had to be done in the fields and listening to his father tell stories; such as how he met his mother and of stories of Irish tradition and legends. Beliefs and superstitions which were kept alive around the fireplace and passed from one generation to another, along with a way of life lived close to the earth and the seasons. Some would say all of these traditions are lost in the mist of time but there are important truths to be found, if only the centuries of time could be peeled away. Through the eyes of his childhood, Eamonn discovered the beauty of nature and art which captured his imagination. Eamonn has always had a fine appreciation for good design and has loved working with his hands.

Eamonn’s desire to channel his creative energy led to him securing a highly sought after apprenticeship in glass making at the world famous, Waterford Glass, Ireland.  It was there that he started out his career in the seventies. His Waterford number was 1383, one of a group of crafts people not artists. And if anyone considered themself to be an artist they would be told they were dreaming..!

After such a rich and valuable education, Eamonn was looking for a more creative output. In 1987 during a visit to Australia, he was invited to Adelaide and given the opportunity to express his creativity working with glass again - his true passion.  Eamonn realised South Australia had the best of everything… rolling hills, amazing beaches, sunshine, warmth, colour and proximity. He was inspired to stay in Adelaide and opened his own studio/gallery in 1994 - the Eamonn Vereker Glass Studio and Gallery.

In Eamonn's words:

“I love it here because all around me I see the long view of the hills, the sweep of the coastline and the passage of time. I believe aspects of these observations are reflected in my work.”

 Video

Eamonn Vereker Interview - Filmed at his Studio in Adelaide, South Australia.