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Salary Range
€18k - €40k
Career Zone

In Brief...

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.

Knowledge

  • Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Design Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • 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.

Skills

  • Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

In Summary - Glassmaker

Career Sectors

Glassmakers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Crafts Industry
Art, Craft & Design
Design
Art, Craft & Design
Manufacturing
Engineering & Manufacturing

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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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Further Information

The Work - Glassmaker

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.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Inspect, weigh, and measure products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.
  • Record manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.
  • Heat glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • 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.
  • Set up and adjust machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulate oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.
  • Shape, bend, or join sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.
  • Dip ends of blowpipes into molten glass to collect gobs on pipe heads or cut gobs from molten glass, using shears.
  • Develop sketches of glass products into blueprint specifications, applying knowledge of glass technology and glass blowing.
  • Determine types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.
  • Place rubber hoses on ends of tubing and charge tubing with gas.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Controlling Machines and Processes Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • 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.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.

Interests - Glassmaker

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Creative

Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Qualities

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.

Entry Requirements - Glassmaker

Pay & Salary - Glassmaker

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €40k

Entrants: 18 - 23
Experienced: 40

Data Source(s):
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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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