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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:

Pay

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.

Conditions

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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.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2023
728
3.8 %
RISE
2028
756
  United Kingdom
2023
8453
3.3 %
RISE
2028
8734

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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