New this Fall Semester, County College of Morris (CCM) has partnered with the Morris County School of Glass (MCSOG) to offer a glassblowing class to CCM students.

Group of three people work on a glassblowing project

Courtesy of Morris County School of Glass

ART-250 Beginning Glassblowing I is a three-credit, free elective course where students can learn about the history of glassblowing and create delicate, crafted glasswork. Currently, the college is holding one class at MCSOG for CCM students. CCM plans to offer the class again in the Spring Semester.

The ability to offer a glassblowing class for CCM students would not have been possible without the help of Arnie and Pat Plonski, owners of MCSOG, notes Dr. Bruce Dutra, dean of the School of Liberal Arts.

After taking glassblowing classes years ago, the Plonskis wanted to bring their passion to Morris County. They purchased a small gas station garage on the outskirts of Morristown and spent two and a half years renovating the building. MCSOG opened to the public this past spring.

“Everyone is very excited to see this class gain interest,” says Arnie Plonski. “The students are learning a lot and enjoying every minute of it.”

Both the Plonskis and Dutra believe that with enough interest, more classes will be offered next school year.