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Michael Nourot and Ann Corcoran create vases, bowls, paperweights, perfume vials, and sculpture both collaboratively and individually from their studio, Nourot Glass Studio. Michael founded the studio in 1973 and was joined by Ann a year later. They are both graduates of the California College of Arts and Crafts where Ann studied with Marvin Lipofsky. Ann also earned a degree form the Rochester Institute of Technology. Michael studied classic glass blowing techniques at the historic Venini Glass Factory in Murano, Italy. Michael was also one of the first sixteen students at the internationally acclaimed Pilchuck Glass School in 1971 where he worked with Dale Chihuly and others to design and build the first furnace and structure at the school. Their work has been selected by the Corning Museum of Glass for their 20th Century Exhibit, a permanent collection of the best in contemporary glass design. They have also been featured by PBS in their documentary film, Alchemy in Light. Nourot Studio was honored by a commission to create several hundred sacramental bowls for the visit of Pope John Paul II to San Francisco in 1987. In another commission, they created an award for the U.S. Air Force to honor it¡¯s finest units. Their work was also included in a one year exhibition of American Glass at the American Embassy in Moscow. Their work is exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout the United States and the world. Nourot studio is known for their cased handblown glass vases, bowls, paperweights, perfume vials and sculptures. Their unique works are created using a techniques of multiple layers of decorative patterns encased in clear crystal. In some of the pieces they incorporate an opaque white or gold/silver satin luster on the interior. They will also apply colored enamels in combination with hot glass trailings and larger pieces of crushed glass to the surfaces of their forms. Their series of vases, Pink Marble exhibit a variegated exterior of green to blue to lavender to pink with the gold/silver luster interior. They often accent the pieces with a thin line of black or turquoise glass around the rim. With their knowledge and skills of glass chemistry Michael and Ann achieve unique and complex colors. They sign collaborative works with the studios name and inscribe their own to work created individually along with the registration number, the year and the artist¡¯s initials.
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