Born in Waterford in 1957, Eamonn Hartley has been working as a master engraver since1985. He started his apprenticeship at the world famous Waterford Crystal factory in 1975 studying under the tutelage of Tom Hayes, Master Engraver / Tommy Wall, Engraving Manager / Miroslav Havel, Head of Design. After becoming a master engraver in 1985 he worked on exclusive large commissioned pieces for the factory including sporting , commemorative and limited edition works. In 1995 he was selected to become responsible for training new apprentices at the factory and continued with this work in tandem with his commission work. In 1997 he graduated from Waterford Institute of Technology with a national certificate in Engineering, specialism in Glass Technology. 2004 saw him achieving Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers in London. His work is in numerous private collections world wide, and in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland and The Irish Embassy Collection. He has been working as an independent artist since 2003 making commissioned pieces in his studio situated on the outskirts of Waterford city. Selected exhibitions include ‘Heroes of the Wheel’, Broadfield-House Glass Museum, United Kingdom, 2004 / ‘Royal Dublin Society Touring Exhibition’, Ireland, 2003 / ‘Cutting Edge’, Glass Art Gallery, London, 2004 / ‘Christmas Presence’, The Crafts Council of Ireland, 2004. He continues to tutor engraving techniques of copper-wheel and intaglio engraving and has taught at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and Waterford. He is a member of the Crafts Council of Ireland and Glass Society of Ireland.
Sporting awards and trophies, presentation pieces and portraits of numerous famous people.