Glassblowing & Glass Art Business Insurance

At CraftCover, we work with many crafters who produce glass art. If your craft involves glass making, glass blowing, glass etching, glass bead making, stained glass or bubblegram, we’d love to help.

Our policy covers you against many costs, helping you to safeguard yourself and your business.

What is covered under glassblowing and glass art insurance?

No matter how unique your glassblowing or glass art business is, at CraftCover, we can help to ensure that you are protected against any claims made against yourself or the business.

Our glass art insurance is a bespoke insurance policy that allows crafters to protect their goods, equipment and business from losses due to damages, accidents or claims.

Some of the risks that will generally be covered by insurance include:

  • Bodily injury
  • Property damage
  • Medical payments
  • Legal defence and judgement
  • Personal injury

What types of glass art are there?

There are three main types of glass art which refer to how the glass piece is made.

These categories include:

  • Hot glass is created by heating glass at a temperature of 2000 degrees or more. The glass involved in this type of glass art is used for sculptures, vases, ornaments and other items which use techniques such as glass blowing and glass casting.

    Glass blowing is a technique which involves gathering the molten glass from a furnace to the end of a blowpipe in order to create glass bubbles.

    Glass casting is conducted by placing molten glass into a mould where it solidifies.
  • Warm glass involves heating the glass to temperatures of around 1200-1600 degrees using an oven. Techniques include slumping and fusing which create items such as plates, tiles and sheets.

    Slumping consists of heating glass to give it the shape of the surface below.

    Fusing heats two or more pieces of glass to join them together.
  • Cold glass doesn’t require the glass to be heated at all. Common techniques include polishing, cutting, engraving, sandblasting and etching.

    Etching involves changing the texture or appearance of the glass by applying acids, or blasting gritty materials.
  • Other, more niche types of glass art include personalised and custom made items such as:

    • Spotify glass art
    • Resin glass art
    • Broken glass art
    • Sea glass art
    • Recycled glass art
    • Stained glass art
    • Tempered glass art
    • Glass wall art
    • Fused glass art

    • Can you insure glass art?

      In many cases, if damage occurs to your glass art, it won’t be due to your workmanship. You could file a claim to your insurer, but you may find that the insurance will only cover the costs of the raw material.

      To ensure your glass art is protected, you should outline this requirement with your insurer. Not everything will be necessarily covered and there may be certain exceptions written into your policy.

      Be sure to discuss your policy in-depth with our advisors to avoid being blindsided by holes in your coverage.

      Do you need insurance to sell glass art?

      Yes, you do need insurance to sell glass art. It’s a good idea to have both public and product liability insurance in place when you start a glass art business.

      They are both crucial in ensuring that you, your business and goods are protected in all areas.

      Public Liability Insurance

      Public liability insurance provides cover for both you and your business against compensation costs made by members of the public. You’ll be covered for injuries, death or disablement to the public and for loss or damage to third party property.

      Product Liability Insurance

      Product liability insurance provides cover for your handmade glass products in production, supply and sale.

      If a customer experiences a problem or issue as a direct result of your products, such as harm, you could be at risk of being held liable for paying legal fees.

      However, you don’t need to worry as our cover protects you against this, meaning that you won’t have to deal with any legal costs if an incident does occur.

      You may also want to consider commercial property insurance, especially if you have made major investments in your studio. In the event of fire, theft or natural disasters, commercial property insurance will cover the costs of repairing or replacing your business-related property.

      Why do I need insurance to sell handmade items?

      No matter how big or small your business is, you need to be protected from any unexpected costs or claims due to your handmade items.

      Craft insurance protects your small business against extensive legal costs, repairs for damages and replacement of goods.

      Our blog explains the importance of insuring your handmade craft business further.

      Do I need insurance to sell glass art at craft fairs?

      In general, most craft fair organisers will require proof that you have an insurance policy prior to letting you sell at their fair. The main insurance you will need for craft fairs is public liability insurance.

      Public liability insurance is not a legal requirement, but many craft fair organisers will want to see evidence of the craft sellers insurance since you will be heavily interacting with the public.

      At CraftCover, we can include craft fair insurance within your comprehensive insurance policy, ensuring that you’re covered whenever you wish to visit craft fairs.

      Glassblowing workshop insurance

      If you want to host a workshop to showcase your crafting skills, you’ll likely need Craft Class and Workshop Insurance to ensure that you and your students are fully protected.

      Glass art business insurance with CraftCover

      If you want comprehensive glassblowing or glass art insurance at the best price, then CraftCover is the right insurer for you.

      We will take the time to learn about your unique business to create the perfect, bespoke insurance package which covers exactly what you need it to.

      Get a free quote today or have a chat with our friendly team to discuss creating a glass art policy.