How to become a Decorative Glassware Maker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: July 2015
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • What qualifications and skills are required?
  • What are the key market issues and trends?
  • What are the main trading issues?
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Decorative glassware makers design and produce a range of unique pieces in glass, including purely decorative items and gifts, functional homeware such as glasses and vases, and sculptural works of art. Glassware makers usually operate from a home-based or rented workshop or studio.

Decorative glassware makers may sell their work directly from their studios, from stalls at craft fairs and through galleries and craft exhibitions. Increasingly, they also promote and sell their work online.

Some decorative glassware makers create bespoke pieces on commission, while others supply to retailers such as gift and craft shops. Some glassware makers trade on a full-time basis, while others earn a second income from glassware created in their spare time alongside their main career.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a decorative glassware maker. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information.

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