Simon Pearce, a leader in the design and manufacture of handcrafted glass and pottery, has an exciting opportunity for two summer college interns to assist our glassblowing operations in Quechee and Windsor, VT. The primary objective in this role is to learn and understand production glassblowing processes and how to work safely with other production workers around you, while developing skills and supporting the production team.
This position is an opportunity for motivated individuals to gain professional exposure to the glassblowing trade in a fast paced production/manufacturing environment. Applicants must understand the difference between production and studio glassblowing, and also must understand the difference between glassblowing and flame or lampworking. Additionally, successful applicants must be able to proficiently gather from a furnace and use a blocking tool.
As noted, Simon Pearce is looking for 2 interns. The internship comes with free lodging. The lodging offered is a furnished 2 bedroom apartment owned by the company. The intention is for both interns to live in the same apartment. It must be noted that the 2 bedrooms are connected in a way where you have to pass through one bedroom to get to the other. Applicants are welcome to seek alternative lodging.
Internship Dates, Work Location and Schedule:
● Tuesday June 8 - Saturday July 31
● Tuesday - Saturday work days
● 6 AM - 2:30 PM work hours (40 hours on the clock)
● 1 intern based in Windsor, VT, and 1 based in Quechee, VT (10 miles apart)
● 3 days per week supporting production (details below) in primary work location
● 2 days per week “free time” working with other intern in either Quechee or Windsor (details below)
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
● Help maintain the shop area, pipes, tools, moulds, etc.
● Help maintain a safe work environment following all protocol and safety standards ● As part of a 2-3 person production team (depending on qualifications)
○ Contributing to daily production targets as a valued team member
■ Production teams typically make the same piece all day long (8 hour shift)
■ Production teams are partially compensated based on output for the day
■ Glass made during production time is company property ○ Example tasks include
■ Carrying pieces to the annealing oven, and safely putting them away
■ Gathering and blocking glass
■ Gathering, preparing and serving pontils, handles, wraps and bits
■ Making solid pieces in pressed molds, possibly as 1 person team
■ Contributing to casting pieces in molds
■ Blowing simple pieces (depends on qualifications)
● Free time is an opportunity for interns to work together to make glass using Simon
Pearce glass, property and molds, at the discretion of the Glass Manager
● if desired, interns may also gain exposure during free time to other aspects of the glass making process such as cold working and grinding (under the cold shop manager), or engraving under the engraving manager
● At all times, interns are responsible for working safely and neatly in a busy production environment
● Glass made during free time is not company property
● Free time must not disrupt shop production in any way
Compensation, Lodging and Transportation:
● Compensation is fixed at $12/hr, for 40 hours per week, and 8 weeks (approx $3800 per intern for the summer session)
● Interns are not eligible for production based incentive pay
● Production time and free time will be compensated
● Maximum of 40 hours per week / No overtime
● Lodging will be provided by Simon Pearce. Lodging is an apartment owned by the company. Very basic furnishings will be provided. Interns must provide their own linens.
Washer/dryer on site. Utilities will be paid by Simon Pearce.
● Two interns will share one apartment.
● Interns must have their own transportation. Public transportation is not available.
● Eligible applicants are currently enrolled in a college program specializing in hot glass work in a glass shop with a pot furnace, day tank, or continuous melt furnace.
● This internship is focused on glassblowing and hand making, as opposed to flame-working
● Ability to work Tuesday-Saturday, first shift
● Interest in the processes of production glassblowing, which is repetitive manufacturing and can be quite different from a studio environment
● Related experience required, and in particular interns should already know how to gather and block glass
● Must be able to lift up to five pounds of glass, on a blowpipe, on a frequent basis all day long
● Ability to comprehend written and verbal instructions and communication
● Team player
● Exceptional attention to detail and focus
● Comfort working with a public audience
Physical Demands & Work Environment:
● Requires standing, sitting, walking, stooping, crouching, kneeling, leaning, and using steps for 8 hour shifts
● Consistently using arms, wrist, hands, and fingers to manipulate tools and shape hot glass and keep the glass constantly moving on the blow pipe and in any moulds that may be used
● Lifting and carrying anywhere from a few ounces to upwards of five pounds of glass on the end of a five foot blow pipe
● Production of certain items requires lifting the glass head high
● Regularly lift moulds that are made of wood, graphite, or cast iron and can weigh up to fifty (50) pounds.
● Glass melting temperatures of up to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit create high temperatures in the production space. Glass gathering temperature is 2050 Fahrenheit.
● The work exposes employee to UV light and extreme heat, P.P.E. is supplied
● Exposure to [dust] airborne particles, moving mechanical parts, noise, and equipment that is hot to the touch
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Blenko Glass Internship
This document serves as an outline for the proposed Blenko Glass Apprentice program slated
for launch in mid-2021.
Initially this program will be a two week internship designed to bring in 3-6 potential
glassworkers at an introductory rate of $10/hr. At any time during those two weeks, the interns
may leave if they do not feel the work suits them. In addition - at the end of the two weeks, the
Production Supervisor may dismiss any intern he does not feel will be adequate for the job.
Those workers who remain will be eligible to start a 90 day probationary period at $12/hr.
The specific purpose of the two week internship will be not only to vet potential employees but
also teach the basics of glassworking such as carrying-in, mould-holding, and potentially some
gathering and sticking-up. We will focus heavily on imparting the understanding that
glassworking takes years of training and skill.
As this internship program is developed onsite by Blenko Glass Co management, we will also
be working with the WV State Economic Development authority to design an Department of
Labor registered Apprenticeship program in Glassblowing
We will take these national standards set by the industry and that are online - for glassblowing.
Using these online standards as a template, we will adjust them to mold on the job training and
classroom training very specifically to exactly what Blenko needs when we are training up this
next generation of glassblowers to be master craftsmen.
The apprentices would come out of the Apprenticeship with a federal license/certificate for that
trade and a pay raise as they level up as set by Blenko. We would come out with a highly
trained employee and program that the WV Economic Development office can help fund.
Typically US apprentices have about a 91% retention rate for staying at the company they
started with. Once we announce an Apprenticeship program, WVEDA will help spread the word
Glass & Pottery Manufacturers Internship
At the June 2021 Board meeting, the Project Committee recommended and received approval from the Board of Directors for a 2022 annual amount of $20,000 in eight $2,500 increments for internships to glass and pottery manufacturing organizations located in the United States. The host companies do not necessarily have to be members of the Association. The program for this upcoming year will offer these $2,500 internships which will be provided to the manufacturer to cover the interns pay and the administrative company costs by the company for an internship. The host company will select the intern, determine the actual hourly or lump sum pay, the specific project(s) to be accomplished, and follow up with a report written and submitted to the Association by the intern AND the company summaries of the internship accomplishment within 30 days of the internship conclusion. Upon receipt of the summaries, reimbursement by the Association will occur. Please send applications for internship requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member organizations that still manufacture in the United States always have openings for highly qualified individuals interested in working in the American glass and pottery manufacturing organizations. Our members may have posted specific jobs on this site, but most importantly we would be pleased to receive your cover letter sharing the type of work that you seek and resume and we would be pleased to pass it on to our members. Please email these details to our contact on this website.
Blenko Glass Glass Blower
Job Description Summary:
Blenko Glass, in Milton WV, has a 127 year history of handmade glass in America. The name has long been associated with hand-blown sheet glass, architectural glass, and well designed gift and tableware production. For decades the Blenko name has been a leader in mid-century design and Modernism. The list of glass artists who have been designers at Blenko include Joel Myers and Hank Adams.
Blenko is living history - generations of collective hot glass skill, the opportunity to work with raw batched glass in a variety of colors, and a treasure of historic processes and techniques. In a century old setting, it is a priceless workspace that enables learning opportunities and hands on access to hot glass.
What is Sought:
A strong team of three to four highly motivated glass workers with experience, passion and ambition. This team will consist of four individual jobs. Two Apprentices and two Experienced Glassblowers.
This post is for the Experienced Glassblower role only. 5+ years experience required.
Glassblowers work as part of a team blowing, opening and finishing glass to ensure first quality glass production standards are met. The successful candidates will be able to work with several different makers on a variety of pieces and both in a lead or supporting role. Glassblowers will gather, shape, and blow a wide assortment of glass items. Glassblowers at Blenko work in an environment that emphasizes manufacturing principles, while ensuring the artistic beauty of each piece. This is not a studio glassblowing position, but rather a full-time production role in a fast paced and intensive environment.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
● Open and finish glass prepared by less skilled team member, or gathering and blowing in support of more skilled makers
● Gather, shape, block, and blow into a mould
● Hand finish to tight quality control specifications
● Train and support the growth of less skilled team members, as appropriate
● Maintain a safe work environment following all protocol and safety standards
● Demonstrate sound judgment from learned knowledge to assess and solve problems as they arise in the production process
● Solicit constructive feedback from more experienced co-workers ● Maintain the shop area, equipment, tools, moulds, etc.
● Meet and maintain a high level of respect for customers and co-workers while representing the company during the working day
Secondary Duties and Responsibilities:
● Contribute, along with other glassblowers, in setting up the shop for production and clean-up of the shop area at the end of each shift
● Be aware of systems and processes and embrace a LEAN mindset looking for opportunities to make production more efficient
● Available to work 6:00AM - 2:30PM (Summer), Monday - Friday, SOME Saturdays
● Available to work 7:00AM - 3:30PM (Winter), Monday - Friday, SOME Saturdays
● 5+ years of glass production, ideally in a production environment
● Experience training and sharing knowledge with other glass workers
● Willingness and ability to work as part of a team
● Must be able to lift up to twenty (20) pounds of glass on a frequent basis and lift up to 50lb. cast iron mould
● Ability to comprehend written and verbal instructions and communication and effectively communicate ideas and/or instructions to other members of the organization
● Basic math skills a must to understand production needs and requirements
● Ability to communicate with customers and explain process while working Compensation:
Compensation and benefits based on experience.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, protected veteran status, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Blenko Glass Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $16.00 to $20.00 /hour