Glassblower Required: Short-term / full-time

Closing date: 20th September, 2019

Glassblower Required: Short-term / full-time

£20,475 pa + (company bonus scheme after Jan. 2020).
Short-term contract until Xmas 2019 (Accommodation included)

Cumbria Crystal is seeking to appoint a glassblower, initially on a short-term basis, to assist with the delivery of public Glassblowing Bauble Experiences in the run up to Christmas (23rd December).
Accommodation in Ulverston, English Lake District, will be provided until Christmas.
After Christmas, depending on customer feedback & performance, a full-time post may be created (subject to application, interview & customer feedback).

• To deliver income generating glass-blowing experiences to members of the public visiting the Lake District until December 23rd 2019. To be reviewed afterwards.
• Responsibility for the delivery & smooth running of day-to-day glassblowing activities.
• A 5/7 working week may be required, ie. may include some weekends.
• Production of small stock items for sale in the Factory Shop.
• Ensure the highest standards of customer experience & service are maintained.
• Work closely with key staff to ensure products are prepared & marked for collection &/or dispatch.
• Organise charging the furnace; lighting glory holes; ensure materials and safety equipment are available and used appropriately.
• Occasional work with the Production Team, glass processing staff & assist with other duties as requested by the Operations Manager.

Person Specification:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Glass, or equivalent experience.
• Significant glass blowing & cold working experience.
• Experience & confidence to deliver income generating public workshop programmes.
• Fluent English speaking.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrable strong time-management and organisational skills and an ability to work under pressure.
• Ability to communicate clearly, openly, enthusiastically and effectively with the public.
• Good understanding of Health & Safety issues relating to glass making.
• Take instruction well.
• Have a positive attitude and strong work ethic.
• Have basic computer and social media skills.
• Respect and consideration towards colleagues.
• Ability to work independently on your own initiative and within a team.
• Reliable trustworthy and a good time keeper.
• Attention to detail, care and respect for the craftsmanship and time involved in making the products.
• Excellent craftsmanship and a willingness to learn.

Background information:

• Cumbria Crystal is the last producer of luxury English lead crystal in the United Kingdom. Its aspiration is to produce the highest quality, hand-blown and cut crystal in the world using only traditional glassmaking processes. The small team of 23 highly skilled artisans are committed to achieving this using traditional techniques and processes. Craftsmanship is embraced, automation is shunned and consequently the hand-made aesthetic reigns & is celebrated worldwide.
• Located in Ulverston, a small town in the iconic English Lake District and UNESCO World Heritage Site, visitors are invited to watch the choreographed alchemy of glass blowing, browse the shop & even try blowing crystal themselves.

• Cumbria Crystal specialises in working with the highest quality lead crystal. This brings benefits which include an increased refractive index, promoting brilliant sparkle in the cut, and a reassuring weight in the hand. The challenges posed by lead crystal outweigh the additional complexities associated with the material & ensure a superior product exuding character, quality and uniqueness. Cumbria Crystal epitomises the very best of British crystal manufacture.

• The glassmaking heritage and use of traditional techniques means every aspect of the creative process is done by hand. The crystal is completely mouth-blown and hand-cut on diamond wheels.

• It is hardly surprising Cumbria Crystal it is the crystal of choice for all the British Embassies, many Royal Families and luxury stores worldwide. It has been featured in numerous period dramas including five series of Downton Abbey, James Bond and Darkest Hour, to name a few, as it epitomised quality, luxury living and aspirational lifestyle.

• Founded in 1976 by the famous Cavendish family, whose estate is nearby, the company was created to preserve traditional British crafts. Lady Grania Cavendish designed the Grasmere Collection used in Downton Abbey, which remains the most iconic of all the Collections to this day. A close relationship with the Cavendish family and Estate continues.

• Recently new Collections have been developed to reinvigorate the brand and appeal to the millennial market. New concepts have been developed through partnerships with MA & PhD students from the Royal College of Art.

• In addition to the core stemware Collections, Cumbria Crystal partners with a number of luxury retailers, distillers and businesses including Bentley Motors, David Linley, Glancy Fawcett, Rolls Royce, Diagio, Thomas Goode, Hermitage Cognacs, Glyndebourne & Hamilton & Inches.

• Recently the company partnered with Bentley Motors & Mulliner to produce luxury champagne flutes for the new Bentayga Mullier, the world’s most luxurious SUV. It produced a tumbler Collection for the new Continental GT and in 2018 developed a decanter and tumbler collection for the Mulsanne, W.O. Edition by Mulliner, limited to 100 units to celebrate to centenary of the company. Most recently the company partnered with Bentley on the development of a crystal Artificial Intelligence interface in the EXP100GT, the 100th anniversary concept car outlining the vision of the company until 2035.

• A selection of Glassblowing Experiences have been introduced and are currently delivered 5 days a week (Saturday to Wednesdays inclusive) in 2018. Due to the popularity of the Lake District as a holiday destination the they have become increasingly popular. To date we estimate that around 1500 people have participated. This appointment is intended to enable us to grow the offer and support our existing staff better.

INFORMATION:
• Last producer of luxury hand blown & hand cut lead-crystal in the UK.
• Located in Ulverston, Cumbria, Lake District National Park, England, UNESCO World Heritage Site
• A small heritage company with only 23 craftsmen & women.
• The training for a glass blower is around 15 years.
• Specialise in using traditional, 2000 year old, production techniques & avoiding mechanisation.
• Whilst there are always minor variations in hand made crystal quality expectations are such that only 50% of what is created is awarded the ‘Premium Quality’ status.
• Company aspiration: – to produce the best hand-made crystal in the world.
• Everything is hand-made from scratch & nothing is sub-contracted.
• Orders are generally bespoke & made especially for the client. Very limited stock is held.
• The company was founded in 1976 by Lord & Lady Cavendish. The House of Cavendish is a famous British Noble House. The Cavendish family is one of the richest and most influential aristocratic families in England with many connections to the Royal family.
• Grasmere – The collection used in Downton Abbey was designed by Lady Cavendish.
• Grasmere is the name of the lake & local village where the poet William Wordsworth lived for 14 years.
• Cumbria Crystal is used for formal dining in all British Embassies worldwide.
• Cumbria Crystal is used by many Royal families worldwide.
• Cumbria Crystal is an official manufacturer of crystal for Bentley Motors.
• The company produces crystal for Rolls Royce & many other famous brands.
• Cumbria Crystal is regularly commissioned for superyachts & private jets worldwide.
• Grasmere DOF whisky tumbler was used by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
• A typical product takes at least 10/12 days to make. Public glassblowing workshops were introduced in 2018. To date over 1600 people have participated.
• Cumbria is visited by 18M people each year & the tourism industry is worth £3B to the local economy.
• Significant opportunities to grow the glassblowing experiences programme identified.

Experiences Video: https://vimeo.com/337001619
Cumbria Crystal Heritage video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EafFus8TUNk

Expressions of interest/applications/ questions to megan@cumbriacrystal.com with CV
Tel: 01229 584 400
Closing date: 20th September, 2019
Interviews: After 24th September