Profession glass-blower

Glass-blowers design, produce and decorate glass artefacts such as stained glass windows, mirrors and architectural glass. Some glass-blowers specialise in restoring, renovating and repairing original pieces. They may also work as scientific glass-blowers, designing and repairing laboratory glass.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Labour legislation

    Legislation, on a national or international level, that governs labour conditions in various fields between labour parties such as the government, employees, employers, and trade unions.

  • Intellectual property law

    The regulations that govern the set of rights protecting products of the intellect from unlawful infringement.

Skills

  • Manipulate glass

    Manipulate the properties, shape and size of glass.

  • Study artistic techniques

    Study a variety of artistic techniques and learn how to apply them in concrete artistic projects.

  • Design objects to be crafted

    Sketch, draw or design sketches and drawings from memory, live models, manufactured products or reference materials in the process of crafting and sculpting.

  • Design stained glass

    Create sketches and designs for stained glass objects, e.g. windows.

  • Monitor art scene developments

    Monitor artistic events, trends, and other developments. Read recent art publications in order to develop ideas and to keep in touch with relevant art world activities.

  • Cut glass

    Use glass cutting tools or diamond blades to cut pieces out of glass plates, including mirrors.

  • Select artistic materials to create artworks

    Select artistic materials based on strength, colour, texture, balance, weight, size, and other characteristics that should guarantee the feasibility of the artistic creation regarding the expected shape, color, etc. - even thought the result might vary from it. Artistic materials such as paint, ink, water colours, charcoal, oil, or computer software can be used as much as garbage, living products (fruits, etc) and any kind of material depending on the creative project.

  • Tend kiln for glass painting

    Tend kilns which are used to affix paint on glass. They may tend gas or electric kilns.

  • Observe glass under heat

    Observe the characteristics of the glass already set into the kiln so that cracking, warping or blistering is avoided.

  • Study artworks

    Study styles, techniques, colours, textures, and materials used in works of art.

  • Maintain an artistic portfolio

    Maintain portfolios of artistic work to show styles, interests, abilities and realisations.

  • Create artwork

    Cut, shape, fit, join, mould, or otherwise manipulate materials in an attempt to create a selected artwork - be the technical processes not mastered by the artist or used as a specialist.

  • Maintain glass thickness

    Maintain the specified thickness of glass by adjusting the speed of rolls on the kiln.

Optional knowledge and skills

confer on artwork collaborate with technical experts on artworks submit preliminary artwork keep records of work progress form bed for glass participate in artistic mediation activities position glass on trays ceramics glazes glass coatings inspect glass sheet

Common job titles

  • Glass blower/cutter – trainee
  • Glass blower
  • Glassblower
  • Quartz glass blower
  • Pyrex glass blower
  • Glass blower/sealer
  • Glassblower
  • Assistant glassblower