Red Satin Flute
Blown glass Art dimensions: 13" x 14.5" x 14.5" SOLD
Nourot Art Glass Studio was founded in 1974 by husband and wife Micheal Nourot and Ann Corcoran. The artists met at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC) in Fall 1973. During his time at CCAC, Micheal was part of a scholarship program in which he helped build the famed glass school at Pilchuk in Washington. There he worked along side the talents of Dale Chihuly and others. After graduation Micheal traveled to Murano where he spent a year studying glassmaking from Italian masters at the Vininni factory. Upon his return to California, Micheal was invited to teach in a glassblowing workshop taught by Marvin Lipofsky back at CCAC, where Ann Corcoran was then a student.
Ann Corcoran Nourot, originally from New Jersey and a textile student at Rochester Institute of Technology's School for American Craftsman, had recently relocated to California and changed majors from textiles to Glass. The two quickly found love and shared a passion for forging their way in the Bay Area art glass world.
Micheal's first hot shop was founded in 1972 in San Francisco's Ghirardelli Square. The original name of the studio was Micheal's Light Opera. Early works from this time period bear the signature "LO" for Light Opera, instead of the "Nourot" signature seen today. When it became time to relocate the studio out of San Francisco, Micheal's grandfather, a realtor in the historic nearby town of Benicia, helped Micheal to find a new home for the business. The abandoned warehouse on the 600 block of East "H" Street in Benicia, once part of the Yuba Manufacturing Company, became the perfect location to move what would become Nourot Glass Studio. After Micheal Nourot's passing in 2015, his son and the current head of the Nourot Glass Studio, Nicholas Nourot, closed the original Benicia space, and relocated studio headquarters to Oakland and Richmond, California.
Nourot Glass Studio has created works for such prominent figures as George Lucas, Pope John Paul II, Presidents Reagan and Clinton, and has works that have also been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum.