Blenko Glass, in Milton WV, has a 126 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.
Glassblowers work as part of a team blowing, opening and finishing glass to ensure first quality glass production standards are met. The successful candidate 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 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.
To apply, either complete this zip recruiter application or visit our Main Office (not Visitors Center Gift Shop) and ask for an application.