Glass Designer or Maker

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Glass designers create a wide range of decorative or functional items such as tableware, mirrors, lampshades, window panels or ornaments. They produce either 'one-off' bespoke items in a workshop for clients, or design items for mass manufacture.

The Work

You would usually work in one area: studio crafts (decorative and functional glassware), architectural glass (industry) or stained glass.

You could be:


Many glass designers are self-employed or work freelance. They charge a fee, which varies depending on the item designed or made, and on their reputation. The better known they are, the more they can charge. Earnings can be around £16,000 to £20,000 a year.

Glass designers working for companies can earn between £20,000 and £25,000 a year. Experienced designers may earn more.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS.

You could look for work with glass manufacturers or architectural glazing organisations. Self-employed stained glass designers can get work on renovation or new projects from public authorities, national heritage organisations or private clients. Studio craft workers tend be self-employed and network to get work as well as advertise their work in galleries, shops and on websites.

What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:


Getting On

More Information

Young Scot and Creative Scotland operate the 'Nurturing Talent - Time to Shine Fund', which aims to support young people aged 11-25 and interested in developing creative or artistic skills. Both individuals and groups can apply for funding up to £1,000. For more information see the Young Scot website.



The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Creative and Cultural Skills
Tel: 020 7015 1800
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts.

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Twitter: @CreativeCareer5

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