Glass blowing is hot, potentially dangerous work. A glass blower needs a high tolerance to heat, manual dexterity and the patience to work the molten glass using a step-by-step process. Some art and design schools, community colleges and adult schools offer classes in the basics of glass blowing. Students, in some cases, learn how to create the molten glass itself, how to manipulate blowpipes, which blowpipes are best to achieve a desired result and the process of taking glass from a white-hot heat to a safe and cool creation. Glass museums, shops and individual glass blowers also may offer classes in the techniques of glass blowing.
Gaining a coveted apprenticeship with an accomplished, expert glass blower is considered the best way to get hands-on experience and to really practice the craft. While art classes can teach the basics, it takes experience to learn the nuances of taking glass beyond utility and into the realm of artistry. What an apprentice does in exchange for practical glass-working experience varies from artist to artist.