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Elements and Performance Criteria

  1. Prepare and maintain physical resources for glass work.
  2. Use and test glass working techniques.
  3. Produce the glass work.

Required Skills

Required skills

literacy skills sufficient to read product and equipment safety labels

numeracy skills sufficient to calculate quantities and firing times

Required knowledge

general knowledge of physical properties and capabilities of the most commonly used materials tools and equipment for glass work

general knowledge of different styles of glass work and the work of key practitioners

overview knowledge of the formal elements and principles of design

introductory knowledge of the historical and theoretical contexts for glass work

typical work space and equipment requirements for the production of different types of glass work

cleaning and maintenance techniques for tools and equipment used in glass work

awareness of copyright moral rights and intellectual property issues

environmental issues associated with the tools materials and equipment used in glass work

organisational and legislative occupational health and safety procedures in relation to ceramic work

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria required skills and knowledge range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The following evidence is critical to the judgement of competence in this unit

production of glass work which demonstrates a command of nominated techniques and which reflects the concept

general knowledge of tools materials and equipment used in glass work

Context of and specific resources for assessment

The assessment context must provide for

evaluation of visual language and technical execution of work pieces produced by the candidate

practical demonstration of skills using required tools equipment and materials to produce a minimum of one glass object

Method of assessment

Assessment may incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of essential underpinning knowledge and might include

direct observation of glass work in progress

questioning and discussion of candidates intentions and work

written or verbal reports

review of portfolios of evidence

third party workplace reports of performance by the candidate

Assessment methods should closely reflect workplace demands eg literacy and the needs of particular groups eg people with disabilities and people who may have literacy or numeracy difficulties such as speakers of languages other than English remote communities and those with interrupted schooling

Assessment of this unit requires access to the materials resources and equipment needed to produce glass work

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Tools may include:

glass cutters

modelling and carving tools for clay and/or plaster

piping tools, e.g. slip trailer, icing bag, syringe


Equipment may include:


electric kilns


glass cutting table

grinding and polishing equipment

kiln furniture

PPE, including safety glasses, gloves dust masks, respirators

programmable kiln controllers


slumping moulds.

Materials may include:


float glass

glass colours, including paints, stains and enamels

materials for embedding


refractory fillers, e.g. sand, silica

refractory release agents, e.g. graphite, kaolin, alumina, bead release

tested compatible glass rods (for lampwork)

tested compatible sheet glass

texturing materials (whiting, batwash, fabric, plant material, metals natural objects, formed and fired clay).

Glass work may include:

bowls and other containers

jewellery items

mural pieces



sculptural work


Workplace procedures may relate to such things as:

cost control

process-specific procedures




use of materials.

Organisation and maintenance of the work space may relate to:

dust extraction facilities


process-specific requirements


wet and dry areas.

Within this unit the range of techniques used would generally be quite limited in nature and may include:


cutting sheet glass (straight lines, curved lines, circles)

fusing and slumping sheet glass

lampworked glass




slumping fused glass.

Testing techniques may include:

experimenting directly with work in progress

exploring techniques by making practice pieces

making samples applying nominated techniques.

Drawing may include:

drawings on paper

drawings or markings directly on to the glass work

electronic imaging.

The concept for the proposed glass work may be influenced by:

elements and principles of design

the subject matter or theme for the work, e.g. the body; identity; land and place; political, cultural, social issues; spiritual concerns.