H.H. Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has Tuesday, December 6, 2011 inaugurated the newly completed manufacturing facility of world-renowned glass artist Jean Claude Novaro in Ras Al Khaimah. H.H. Sheikh Saud toured the new factory and unveiled a special painting commemorating the event.
Novaro has also signed an agreement to design an exclusive range of tiles for RAK Ceramics, the world's largest ceramic tiles & bathware manufacturing company. The opening of Novaro’s factory in Ras Al Khaimah has reaffirmed the emirate’s growing stature as a favorite destination of global investors and high-profile entrepreneurs. Moreover, Novaro’s partnership with RAK Ceramics is expected to generate huge interest in the global market as the partnership unveils its first designs for RAK Ceramics’ Luminous range.
Recognized as one of the greatest glass blowers of his generation, Novaro maintains a portfolio of top-tier clients that include Prince Albert II of Monaco, Sheikh Tariq Al Qassimi, Robert De Niro, Bill Cosby, Mike Tyson and Phillippe Monet. He has also earned a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest hand blown coupe ever made.
Dr. Khater Massaad, CEO, RAK Ceramics, said: “The inauguration of Jean Claude Novaro’s new workshop in Ras Al Khaimah underlines the strategic advantages of the emirate as an ideal business base for companies seeking to expand in the MENA region. RAK Ceramics, in particular, is excited with the opening of the new facility as it gives us direct access to such world-class expertise and unrivaled artistic genius that enhance our ability to create more stunning and award-winning designs and models. Moreover, Mr. Novaro is acclaimed as the ‘King of Glass’, so his contributions will definitely add prestige and glamour to RAK Ceramics’ tile collections, reaffirming the company’s reputation as the world’s number one supplier of innovative and premium-quality ceramic tiles and bathware.”
Jean Claude Novaro’s unique and distinctive art-glass creations are highly valued and sought after by art connoisseurs all over the world. Many of the Frenchman’s creations are now being displayed in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. He has also participated in over 125 individual and collective shows in different countries including France, Germany, Belgium, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Saudi Arabia and USA.