Wholesale glassware is an industry that deals with stores and business owners, rather than the customer directly. The wholesale market produces all types of glassware, from handmade, painted wine glasses, to regular drinking ones. These products and items are usually produced in bulk quantities, and then sold at discount prices to home goods stores. However, some specialized companies sell personalized champagne glasses, etched dishware, and hand-blown cocktail sets. Some companies even sell their customized crystal glasses, decorative tinted products, and more directly on their website, making it cheaper than the products available in the stores.
One essential person in the wholesale glassware industry is the glassblower. Glassblowing does not require a specific degree, but it does require a great deal of manual labor and extensive training. Most glass blowers serve in some type of apprenticeship, learning how to make decorative figurines, tinting, and even how to paint the glass. Not all of these experts work for a larger company, though. Some operate their own private business.
Employees working the floor of a glass manufacturing company are also important. For the products that do not need the specialized skill of a glassblower to be produced, like pitchers made from recycled materials, or fake crystal plates, these people are essential. They ensure that the stems on the wine glasses are not broken as they go down the line, and the cheaper sets do not have any cracks in them. All of these people work hard to bring customers beautiful pieces of art, functional dish sets, and even plain drinking glasses.