Monday, July 14, 2008

Golden Opportunity for Art Glass

Recognized as valuable among settled peoples since civilization began, gold is fascinatingly attractive as an art glass color. Nourot Studio in Benicia, California makes "Placer" a new pattern of art glass with some real 23 karat gold leaf layered over colored glasses. "Most of what turns gold on the surface", says, maker Micheal Nourot, "is the glass formula we call silver lustre glass. This is actually silver nitrate that is mixed into the raw materials before the glass 'batch' is melted."

Known internationally for their red ruby glass titled "Scarlet Nova"(see June 29 post for image) the Nourot Studio produces many series of different art glass vessels in dozens of shapes and sizes. For a complete list of shapes and sizes you can email the studio for a list. Prices for the "Placer" Series shown above start at $370.00 USD for a cabinet size vase. Above is the "Mantle Ovid", 11 inches in diameter, 7 inches tall. Every piece of Nourot Glass is completely hand blown and signed with a series number, code, year and artist's initials. Click on the picture of the gallery wall here to visit the main website.

Inquiries for custom piece series are welcomed. You may call Rachel Tucker at the studio: 707-745-1463, or email:

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