Hiring : Apprentice Globemaker

We are looking to bring someone new into our studio soon to start training to be a Globemaker.

We look for the perfect match to our unique criteria and never rush to make decisions on new additions to the team.

Below is a little information about what we look for and what working for us is like. Please read this article in full and carefully if you are interested in the role before applying.

All of our permanent employees start as apprentices.

This is because it takes between 6 months to a year to learn how to make just the smallest sized globe…. it is a further few years to make the larger sized globes.

Since it is unlikely we will find a former Globemaker.. all applicants will have to have a trial period… you have to try it before you both know you can do it… and to know you like doing it!

All jobs in our company require a patient and passionate person who will commit to the learning process and wants to stay in the company for at least 3 years afterwards.

We do not hire short-term interns. All work in the company requires a skilled and experienced hand.

We hope anyone who trains with us will grow in our company for many years to come.

It is very important that you are open and honest with yourself and us about the time you feel you are able to commit – as the training time is very long.

When we are hiring we look for an art AND design background. We look for MAKERS. People who have previous experience working with their hands… thinking up ideas and making them a reality.

If you think Globe-making is your calling in life and you don’t have previous experience as a maker, start building your portfolio now and feel free to email us anytime to share your work.

Relevant skills & experience :: 

-3d design and / or Crafting

-Product design, prop design & build

-Design & Innovation, Engineering

-Experience working with different materials i.e. resins, glues etc.

-Sculpture, Woodwork and even Leatherwork…

Not relevant ::

-Textile work / fashion design

   .   …  .  .. we get a lot of applicants from a fashion school background.. if your true passion is working with fabric and designing clothes this job likely will have you feeling unfulfilled! Use your degree you studied so hard for or in your application explain what cross-over you see and why you want to go a different direction.

-Backgrounds solely in Illustration or painting…

      . .  .  .. unless we are specifically hiring for a painter (watercolours) then these talents are not needed. Everyone in our current team come from a background including illustration and painting, we will most likely be focusing on people who MAKE.

-This is not a cartography or geography related job :)

     . . . . . . you should like maps and globes of course but your GIS / mapping skills will be wasted i promise! We have two full-time cartographers / graphic designers already working in our studio.

If you are really passionate – it is of course worth applying no matter what – please realise though that we do get A LOT of CV’s and have to choose who we feel is the strongest.

Personal qualities ::

– Patience is the most important thing in globe-making! If you are not patient it will show very quickly.

– Light with hands and aware of space around you. You are working around a lot of delicate items.. move like a butterfly.

– Nimble fingers… good with precise cutting with a blade. This is essential.

– Work well as a team and work well in a SMALL team. Work well on your own. While everyone socialises and is incredibly friendly – the studio is often very quiet during most working hours and you should enjoy this kind of atmosphere.

– Quick to learn and eager to take on new responsibilities and learn new skills.

– Good communication.

– Asking when you need help or when something is not clear.

– Hard worker, not afraid to get your hands dirty, capable of multi-tasking….


We are based in a beautiful old warehouse right off Church Street in Stoke Newington. It is a young group of interesting people and a perfect environment for a creative person… you ideally live somewhat local and already live in London when you apply.

We ask that you please send your CV with a brief cover letter telling us about yourself, your previous experience and answering; 

1. Why do you want to be a globe maker?

2. Are you confident you have at least 3 years time to invest in the company if things go well?

3. Can you picture yourself sitting daily with globe in hand, in a quiet but friendly atmosphere, rather than behind a computer?

4. What have you created in the past that has motivated you to a job like this? What have you created in the past that might be relevant to this kind of job?

5. Please list which skills you have experience in – and why define yourself as a MAKER.

6. Any questions for me –

You must live in London. We are not looking for people to drop everything and move countries or cities just to work for us as there is no way of knowing you will be able to make globes and it may not work out.

For more info please visit www.bellerbyandco.com and watch vimeo.com/63511505.

Please email above to >> jade@bellerbyandco.com <<

WHEN SENDING YOUR CV PLEASE SEND EXAMPLES and / or links to art you have created or been involved in that best represents you.

Please do not apply if you have never made anything with your hands before.

Please do not call or come by our studio.

EVERY SINGLE EMAIL WILL BE READ AND REPLIED TO as long as you include your CV, a portfolio and answer the above questions.

Bellerby Globes. shot by Tom Bunning for part of his 'Crafted' Series.

Bellerby & Co Globemakers - Photographed by Tom Bunning

Bellerby & Co Globemakers - Photographed by Tom Bunning

Bellerby & Co Globemakers - Photographed by Tom Bunning

* Photos by Tom Bunning

Please email above to >> jade@bellerbyandco.com <<

Bellerby & Co Globemakers

Bellerby & Co Globemakers; Creators of high quality, beautiful handmade world globes. Combining traditional techniques with pioneering design. Handcrafted terrestrial and celestial globes in London. We create models of many sizes and styles, and offer a bespoke service.

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