JEAN-CLAUDE NOVARO

Master glassmaker
Town: Biot, 1943 - 2014

NOVARO - portrait médaillon

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JEAN-CLAUDE NOVARO – “An eternal flame in the heart of the night”

Master glassmaker Jean-Claude Novaro unites critics around the world who recognise him as “unquestionably one of the truly great creative talents of the second half of the 20th century”. Novaro has been compared to Daum, Gallé, Marinot and Lalique and is now part of an elite pantheon of the most important glass artists in the world. 200 exhibitions worldwide over the last 30 years are testament to the artist’s unrivalled reputation.

He left this world one evening in December 2014 with a final bow, shortly before the dawn of a new year, leaving us feeling discomfited and bereft faced with the immense void he has left behind. “Nano” was our friend. A man of passion and conviction, he embarked on new artistic and human adventures whole-heartedly and with a rare generosity wherever his presence was requested.

In this way he showed an instant willingness to become part of the NAMAKA adventure in 2012. Staying true to our concept, he aimed to intensify the union between art and fragrance in a complex alchemy across a range of elegant olfactory vases. His colourful creations were designed exclusively for us in thick, opalescent glass with an airy and aquatic feel. What drew him most to this team project was the idea of bringing together diverse artistic talents to create timeless scented works of art.

Born in the South of France in 1943, his career began at the age of 14 when he started working for the glassmaker Eloi Monod. He quickly became Monod’s spiritual son and established himself as a master glassmaker at just 20, managing a team of 28 people. A prolific artist on a permanent quest for innovation, he perfected new techniques tirelessly and invented countless glass-based artistic genres, creating new shapes and sizes and searching for the best melting points to add colours and oxide, enamel, gold and silver inclusions in between the layers of glass. He was the father of “bubble glass” and perfected this intricate technique, gradually incorporating larger and larger bubbles in luminescent glass. This is one of Biot’s most notable successes in recent years.

Our friend Nano passed away peacefully one evening in December but the flame of his memory burns brightly in our hearts and will continue to be rekindled through his works, keeping this ancient craft alive and immortalising his talent!