2012 Exhibition “GLASS PIONEERS”

Opening Reception: October 6, 5-8 pm
Show run- October 6- November30

We present “GLASS PIONEERS”, continuing the spirit of the 50th  Anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement, with artists Micheal Nourot and Cynthia Miller.

Micheal Nourot was in the first group of students at the Pilchuck Glass School in 1971.  He helped design and build the first hot shop there.  The Pilchuck experience was followed by an apprenticeship in the Venini glass factory in Murano, Italy, at a time when very few Americans were given such an opportunity.  After graduating from the California College of Arts & Crafts, he opened his first studio in 1973.

Nourot’s later studio in Benicia, CA has continued the tradition of the Italians.  His blown work is known for its rich reds; one of many trademarked glass formulas created in his studio.

Cynthia Miller has forged a lifetime in the arts, receiving a Masters of Fine Arts from Northwestern University.  Her career includes professional acting and directing and teaching art, which she continues to do at Pima Community College. Her current passion of copper enameling began after studying with Richard Loving at the Art Institute of Chicago in the late 70’s.

In her Tucson studio, Miller creates wall art by enameling glass onto copper plates. Her work is inspired by a fascination with nature, whether it be the sea, the heavens, or the desert.  The patterns and overlays create a rhythm in rich colors. Her work was a 2012 Niche winner, and a 2011 Niche finalist.