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Glass Blower  What They Do

Just the Facts


Shapes molten glass according to patterns.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Manufacturing Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Heats glass to pliable stage, using gas flames or ovens and rotating glass to heat it uniformly.
  • Inspects, weighs, and measures products to verify conformance to specifications, using instruments such as micrometers, calipers, magnifiers, or rulers.
  • Records manufacturing information, such as quantities, sizes, or types of goods produced.
  • Places glass into dies or molds of presses and control presses to form products, such as glassware components or optical blanks.
  • Sprays or swabs molds with oil solutions to prevent adhesion of glass.
  • Blows tubing into specified shapes to prevent glass from collapsing, using compressed air or own breath, or blows and rotates gathers in molds or on boards to obtain final shapes.
  • Operates electric kilns that heat and mold glass sheets to the shape and curve of metal jigs.
  • Determines types and quantities of glass required to fabricate products.
  • Sets up and adjusts machine press stroke lengths and pressures and regulates oven temperatures, according to glass types to be processed.
  • Shapes, bends, or joins sections of glass, using paddles, pressing and flattening hand tools, or cork.

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Artificial Glass Eye Maker -- Fabricates artificial glass eyes for humans according to physician’s prescription or customer specifications, applying knowledge of glass blowing and fabricating techniques.