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Glassmaker

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€18k > 40
Glassmaker
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€18 - 40
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Entrants: 18 - 23
Experienced: 40
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Glass  Makers and Glass Artists make all kinds of glass objects from the glass for windows and bottles, to drinking vessels, tableware, ornaments and sculptural objects.


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Tony Hayes
Glass Maker
Tony Hayes works as a Glassmaker with The Irish Handmade Glass Company in the Kite Design Studios in Waterford. All products are made by hand in Ireland and are also exported worldwide.
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The Work header image

The work of a Glass Maker is divided into several different, related, activities  
 
Glass Blowers  
This is a highly skilled occupation involving good manual dexterity and good hand/eye co-ordination to facilitate proper blowing techniques. The craftsperson places a blowing iron into a furnace and gathers a small amount of molten crystal; using the blowing technique and wooden tools (made from beech and pear wood) he/she pre-shapes the molten crystal. He/she then places it into a cast iron mould and uses the blowing technique until it takes the shape of the mould.  
 
Glass Benders  
Bend glass by placing sheet glass over moulds and putting them in a furnace or kiln.  
 
Glass Cutters  
There are many types of cutting including Wedge Cutting where the craftsperson uses a diamond wheel to achieve a deep and smooth cut and Rheintour Cutting - this is done by using carborundum wheels to achieve a flat cut adding definition, taking away the round look to achieve a more attractive shape. This is often seen on the stem of stemware or the neck of decanters.  
 
Glass Decorators and Designers  
Decorators decorate the surface of an article using one or more of the techniques on offer. This alone is a skilled and demanding occupation. Designers come up with new shapes and/or decorations.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.

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Record manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.

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Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.

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Blow tubing into specified shapes to prevent glass from collapsing, using compressed air or own breath, or blow and rotate gathers in molds or on boards to obtain final shapes.

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Set up and adjust machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulate oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.

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Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.

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Dip ends of blowpipes into molten glass to collect gobs on pipe heads or cut gobs from molten glass, using shears.

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Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.

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Determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.

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Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People: Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

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Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment: Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Administration and Management: Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

All Glass Workers need a good eye for shape and size. They need to be able to work quickly and accurately. They need to have a steady hand, patience, a good eye for detail and be able to work alone or as part of a team. You should have good hand-eye coordination.

Some artistic and creative skills would be beneficial. Good knowledge of health and safety issues and knowledge of all current legislations and regulations.


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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: Waterford Crystal Ltd
Address: Kilbarry, Waterford
Tel: (051) 332316
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Organisation: Dublin Crystal Glass Company (Ireland) Ltd
Address: St. Michael's Commercial Park, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14
Tel: (01) 288 7932
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