Glass and Ceramics Makers, Decorators and Finishers

Glass and ceramics workers, form, shape, decorate, smooth and polish glassware, earthenware, refractory goods, clay bricks and other ceramic goods.

Wages

New workers
AVERAGE
Experienced
£9,989
£22,876
£33,657

New workers start around £9,989. Normal pay is £22,876 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £33,657.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 8,782 vacancies for this type of job

7.29%

Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Applies decorative designs and finishes to glassware, optical glass and ceramic goods by grinding, smoothing, polishing, cutting, etching, dipping, painting or transferring patterns or labels.

  • Cuts and joins unfired stoneware pipes to form junctions and gullies, moulds sealing bands on clay pipes, prepares and joins porcelain or earthenware components and assists crucible makers and stone workers with their tasks.

  • Throws, casts and presses clay by hand or machine to form pottery, stoneware or refractory goods such as bricks, crucibles, ornaments, sanitary furnishings, saggars, cups, saucers, plates and roofing tiles.

  • Makes models and moulds from moulding clay and plaster for use in the making and casting of pottery and other ceramic goods.

  • Makes artificial eyes, laminated glass sheets or blocks, glass fibre tissue, wool, filament and matting, marks optical lenses and assembles rimless spectacles.

  • Uses hand tools and operates machinery to heat, bend, shape, press, drill and cut glass.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Tube Bending

  • Engineering Drawings

  • Machinery

  • Auditing

  • Lean Manufacturing

  • Housekeeping

  • Metal Heat Treatments

  • Polishing

  • Continuous Improvement Process

  • Extrusion

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Operations

  • English Language

  • Mathematics

  • Teamwork

  • Time Management

  • Communication

  • Consulting

  • Detail Oriented

  • Investigation

  • Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.