This is a colorful and vibrant original art glass vase by Michael Nourot, an important glass maker from California. It measures approximately 7″(h) x 7″(w) and is signed and numbered on the base. It uses a cased glass technique with the inside looking nothing like the outside and it has a lovely feel and look about it, very pleasing. We believe this vintage vase was made by Nourot in 1984 as it has colors and styles that he used during the late 1970-80’s after his apprenticeship with a famed glass master in Venice.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Michael Nourot (1949 – 2015) is the founding partner of Nourot Glass Studio was making glass for over 40 years. He was born January 1949 in Riverside, California. Micheal was one of the first 16 students at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. He attended the first “Session” fall/winter of 1971–72. Working with founder’s Dale Chihuly and Jamie Carpenter, Mr. Nourot designed and helped build the first hot shop at Pilchuck. Following the Pilchuck experience, Micheal left for Venice, Italy. There he apprenticed to glass master Checo Ongaro at Venini. Just a handful of Americans were allowed into the famed Italian glass houses in the 1970’s: Dale Chihuly, Richard Marquis, and Benjamin Moore, included. Formulas for the Nourot glass have their origins from this time. The Nourot’s quest for perfection in glass quality has meant they insist on mixing and melting all of their own glass colors. Many studios rely on pre-melted “pelletized” glass and purchased color rods to make their glass. At Nourot all of the glasses are original formulas. Sands from special locales in the U.S. are used for each of the red formulas of Nourot Studio. In 1987 when Pope John Paul II came to San Francisco and had mass is Candlestick Park and Michael Nourot was commissioned to make the pieces to be used in the mass, a platter for the Pope’s mitre, goblets, etc. His son Nicholas Nourot continues to make glass at the studio started by his father.
In used but excellent condition with no chips, cracks or marks. May have some light surface scratches from normal use but these are negligible and not visible by the naked eye. A truly wonderful and highly collectible vintage piece.