You'll need to provide a portfolio of your work for entry on to relevant degree or postgraduate courses, as well as to show to potential employers.
Entry without a degree is possible, and you can train on the job by working in a glass factory. The IQ Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Glass Processing (QCF) and the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Glass Processing (QCF) are relevant qualifications if you want to pursue a career in glassblowing, scientific glassblowing or glass decorating.
Opportunities also exist to take glass industry apprenticeships. Apprenticeships vary depending on the sector but include roles as a glass maker, craft-class worker and stain glass worker.
Introductory and taster courses in glass design and glass making are run across the UK. To find details of courses near you, see your local adult education centre.
Some independent studios also offer beginners' workshops in the evenings or run short courses during weekends or holidays.
Some universities provide taster and short courses in glass making. Adult taster sessions, classes and courses in glass, as well as a BA (Hons) Glass and Ceramics, and opportunities for postgraduate study and research, are offered by the National Glass Centre, part of The University of Sunderland.
Although postgraduate study is not essential, several universities offer Masters courses in glass, providing the opportunity to develop skills further.
Other useful information
International Festival of Glass
National Glass Centre
National Career Advice – becoming a glassmaker
Effie Burns is an artist based in North Yorkshire who primarily works with glass. She uses it as a material not merely for its decorative purposes but its expressive ones too. Effie’s practice is continually evolving and it is this process of discovery that is important to her.