A glass blower's workplace can range from a small one or two-person shop to a large, industrial building. Many glass artisans are self-employed and work out of their own spaces, along with at least one helper and perhaps an apprentice. Since glass making requires three furnaces -- a furnace, a crucible and the annealer -- space is often at a premium in small studios. Work areas include the long, flat marver surfaces, often aligned at a height that allows the worker to stand as they roll and shape the glass.
Professional glass workers also work for large manufacturing firms, sometimes in a type of assembly line, performing one part of the glass creation process. Safety is an important consideration in glass blowing workplaces, as burns from molten glass can be severe and debilitating. Attention to detail, to surroundings and the patience to follow proper procedures are needed qualities for working safely as a glass blower.