Glass Decorator

Etch or cut artistic designs in glass articles.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Glass Decorators do?

Etches or cuts artistic designs in glass articles, such as bowls, vases, and stemware, using acid solutions, sandblasting equipment, and design patterns, using any of following methods: Dips glass in molten wax to coat ware with wax. Places perforated pattern against waxed ware and sprays ink through pattern to transfer design to wax. Exposes glassware surface to be etched, using stylus to remove wax. Immerses waxed ware in hydrofloric acid to etch design on glass surface, and immerses ware in hot water to remove wax. Masks glassware with tape, places pattern against taped glassware, and sprays ink through pattern to transfer design to ware. Cuts away inked sections of tape, using knife to expose glassware surface. Sandblasts exposed area of glass, using spray gun, to cut design in surface. Peels off tape after sandblasting design. Places template against glassware surface and sprays with sand to cut design in glassware surface. May etch design on inside, rather than outside, of article. May draw freehand designs on masked glassware. May be designated according to method used as Glass Etcher; Sandblaster, Glass.


Should I be a Glass Decorator?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Jogger Operator

    How to become a Glass Decorator

    Most Glass Decorators have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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