Engravers use hand tools or machinery to cut the surface of glass for decorative purposes.
They may produce original designs or copy existing ones. Items engravers could work on include boxes, goblets, bowls, decanters, mirrors and panels. Each method of engraving produces a different effect and requires a different level of skill.
Hand engraving is usually used for single objects such as plates. Machine engraving is used for mass production, where a range of objects are engraved with the same design or wording, such as sets of commemorative or souvenir glasses.
Methods of glass engraving include the use of:
Employed engravers usually work 37-40 hours a week. Self-employed engravers' hours are more flexible, depending on the amount and type of work. They may include evenings and/or weekends.
Engravers work in workshops or factories. Some glass engraving involves noisy, dusty working conditions, so ear protection, goggles and masks may be required.
As an engraver you will need:
Entry to glass engraving is very competitive.
Vacancies are scarce and the number of people working in glass engraving is decreasing. Some engravers are employed by glass manufacturing companies and engraving companies.
There has been an increase in the number of self-employed glass engravers working from home or from small workshops.
Work abroad may be possible.
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Creative and Cultural Skills
11 Southwark St
International Glass Centre
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