Simon Pearce is an Irish-American entrepreneur in glassblowing and pottery, who learned his trade in Kilkenny, Ireland. 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. The New York Times described him as a prominent American designer of glassware and his works have been given as gifts to foreign dignitaries and to presenters at the Academy Awards. Pearces company headquarters is in Windsor, Vermont; another manufacturing facility is in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. His company has retail outlets, sometimes with associated restaurants, on both coasts of the US.