International Veterans Glassblowing Day...and we made the news!

We had a great day hosting Vets as a big “Thank You” for their service on International Veterans Glassblowing Day ... and we made the news!

Remember, Vets, Active 1st Responders and Military get 20% off our classes year round!

http://newjersey.news12.com/…/morris-county-school-of-glass…

Join us for our second annual Veteran’s Glassblowing Day…

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

1:30-4:30pm

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Fall and winter classes are now live!!!

Learn to blow glass in one our 6-week series or celebrate the holidays with a pumpkin, ornament, Dreidel or other seasonal items!

Or immerse yourself in a 16-week Beginner Glassblowing class at The County College of Morris.

vist ccm.edu for more info

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Glassblowing I: Six-Week Immersive Series

Glass Blowing I: 6 Weeks

Non- Accredited, Beginner

Age: 16+

This class is for the person who really wants to understand the process of glassblowing and learn some solid skills.

Each week students will be given new exercises to develop their glass manipulation techniques and expand their knowledge.

Students get guided hands-on instruction and practice time every week.

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Our Glassblowing 1 graduate Carolyn Daly, blowing glass.

Our Glassblowing 1 graduate Carolyn Daly, blowing glass.

This is why our instructor Connor Bagen rocks!

We interviewed our instructor, Connor for some insight on his glass journey. Here’s what he had to say…

Q: Connor, how did you get into glass blowing?

A: As a student at County College of Morris, I enrolled in Glassblowing 1 to fulfill my art elective requirement in 2017. I was always interested in glassblowing, but never really got to try it. After the first couple of classes at Morris County School of Glass, I was absolutely addicted. Every week I couldn’t wait to go make more glass and see the pieces I made the previous week. I had such a great time that I took Glassblowing again the following semester. After the second semester ended, I was eager to continue my glassblowing journey.

Q: What did you do after CCM ended, and what are you up to now?

A: After finishing my degree at CCM, I decided to take my love of glass even further. I applied to Salem Community College to get a degree in Glass Art and Scientific Glass. Simultaneously, my teachers from the Morris County School of Glass recognized my dedication to working with glass, and offered me a job as an instructor. I’ve been working at Morris County School of Glass ever since, while also pursuing my degrees in glass at Salem CC. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a glass junkie! I’m very thankful for the CCM class because it began my career in glassblowing!”

Connor working with his assistant and fellow MCSOG instructor, Drew.

Connor working with his assistant and fellow MCSOG instructor, Drew.

Featured Student: Peter Lablans

Peter Lablans: Engineer, Inventor, Holder of numerous patents and now a Glassblower!!!

About a year ago when MCSOG offered it first 6 week intensive glassblowing 101 course, the class was full with 6 students in our brand new studio. One student in particular stood out, Peter Lablans, who is  an energetic retiree with an insatiable quest for knowledge about the What and Why’s of glass blowing. Not surprising since Peter spent his life's work as an engineer and inventor. Over the past year, Peter has taken at least 4, 6-week series classes and now uses the studio about once a week independently to continue engineering, inventing and creating unique pieces of art!

I asked Peter about how he got interested in glass blowing and he had this to say … “I was always interested in glass. Professionally, I was involved with theoretical aspects of optical fibers for data transmission. Practically, I was intrigued by the challenges that manipulating the very small fibers pose - such as alignment.  Many of the fibers were manufactured by Corning, and I finally visited the Corning Museum of Glass in 2017. I attended several glass blowing demonstrations there and I told my wife, that I wanted to try my hand at glass blowing myself. She had heard about a studio opening near us in Morristown and indeed, the Studio was opened in the Summer of 2017.  I have been a happy student/customer/friend of the Studio ever since.”

We continued our conversation and I asked “What is your favorite things about glassblowing, shape to make or aspect of the experience you want to share? ” Peter replied … “This is a difficult question, as I am still very much a beginner. I love almost every aspect of glassblowing. A very satisfying aspect is the transformation of an amorphous blob of hot, hot material into a solid object. It remains somewhat miraculous to me how this is achieved.  One stage that I very much enjoy is the creation and shaping of a basic bubble, the stem-cell of glassblowing so to speak. From a nice bubble you can create almost any object. I love the shape as well as the glow. After it cools down somewhat, it gets this brilliant and beautiful glow.”


Peter reheating his glass in the glory hole.

Peter reheating his glass in the glory hole.

We feel good about doing good...join us in 2019

MCSOG is starting the new year off with a bang!  We are committed to fostering relationships with the community by partnering with local causes we believe in.  

Here’s a sampling of the types of organizations we will be collaborating with this winter … it’s sure to warm your heart :)

Rescue Haven Animal Shelter

The mission of Rescue Haven Foundation is to save dogs and give them a chance at a new life through providing foster homes for abandoned dogs.  Just as this group nurtures the emotional health of their pups, we hope to nurture the creativity of these awesome people through the art of glassblowing!

You can join us for a mini-workshop and support a good cause.

http://www.mcsog.com/taster/format-2kp7g-ercpl-3nfn9

Child Crisis Center Uganda

The Morris County School of Glass’ very own lead Instructor, Hannah Muller, is the President of the Child Crisis Center Uganda (CCCU). To show our support for Hannah and her special project, we will be sponsoring a fundraiser for the CCCU at our Open House on February 10, 2019 from 1- 5 pm.

Join us for demonstrations, chances to make your own glass, tricky tray raffle and more.

Fighting Children’s Cancer Foundation

This amazing non-profit provides needs-based financial assistance to families struggling with pediatric cancer. MCSOG will be fully sponsoring a day of glassblowing for some of these brave kids who are battling cancer.  We hope that this fun day out will provide a bright spot for the kids and their families.

Camp Nejeda Foundation

The Camp Nejeda Foundation enhances the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their families through education, empowerment, camaraderie, supportive programs, and fun.  What more can we say? Glassblowing is all about fun and camaraderie, and we are excited to provide the opportunity for this group to experience glassblowing first hand.

Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Spring is quickly approaching, and MCSOG is collaborating with the Reeves-Reed Arboretum to celebrate everything Spring.  Our “Nature of Glass” program will give participants the chance to bring a little nature into their homes by making birds, flowers or terrariums.

http://www.mcsog.com/taster/beautiful-birds

http://www.mcsog.com/taster/spring-flowers

http://www.mcsog.com/taster/reeves-reed-and-mcsog-terrarium-making

to sponsor or inquire about hosting an event with MCSOG email: hannah@mcsog.com

Amazing Facts About Glass

Brought to you by the Glass Geeks at MCSOG

Did you know that ...

1. Glass is not a liquid or a solid.

Glass is a formed by heating a mixture of dry materials to a viscous state, then cooling the ingredients fast enough to prevent a regular crystalline structure.  As the glass cools, the atoms become locked in a disordered state like a liquid before they can form into the perfect crystal arrangement of a solid.

Being neither a liquid nor a solid, but sharing the qualities of both, glass is its own state of matter.  Glass is an amorphous solid.

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2. The “recipe” for glass is relatively simple.

Soda lime glass, the most common type of glass has only three ingredients, that can be easily found at your local garden center or hardware store.

To make glass … take 75% silicon dioxide (sand), 15% sodium oxide (soda ash), and 10% calcium oxide (lime), mix them together, heat to 2,100 degrees until molten, add color, blow and enjoy!

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3. There are two sources of naturally occuring glass.

When lightning strikes sand, the sand is melted or vaporized, leaving behind amorphous glass tubes called fulgurites.

Obsidian is an igneous rock occurring as a natural glass.  It is formed by the rapid cooling of viscous lava from volcanoes.

4. Glass is good for the planet.

Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without any loss in purity or quality.  The energy from recycling one glass bottle can power a computer for 30 minutes.

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5. New Jersey has a rich glass blowing history.

Glassmaking started in Alloway, New Jersey in 1739.  The quality of southern New Jersey’s sand was crucial to establishing a glassmaking center.  New Jersey had such good, clean sand that it was actually imported to other glass manufacturers.  At the turn of the 20th century, the peak of production, there were 90 glass factories in New Jersey

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To learn more about the amazing properties of glass and to see glassblowing in action, visit us at the Morris County School of Glass!