After growing up in Appleton, Wisconsin, Nicolas Darcourt received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Michigan University, and in 2006, his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Nicolas has been a resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts. His ceramic work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and belongs to a number of private collections. In 2016 Nicolas received a McKnight Artist Fellowship and is a recent recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grant. He has taught ceramics at Minnesota State University Moorhead and The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Regis Center for Art. Currently, he is a Continuing Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Gustavus Adolphus College. Nicolas, his wife, and son live in Minnetonka, Minnesota, where he has a home studio.