The Couroc Company was founded in 1948 by Guthrie Courvoisier in Monterey, CA. Courvoisier's wife Moira Wallace, a designer, worked at designing and manufacturing. They developed a formula for a hard, stable phenolic resin which was resistant to alcohol, boiling water and cigarette burns. Given that Monterey had a large artist population, Couroc made good use of this resource employing many local artists/artisans. They used materials commonly found either in nature, such as shell, coral and woods as well as common metal household/hardware store items to create many of their designs. Couroc ceased production in the early 1990s.