Australian Glass Artist
born artist, Nick Mount, is one of Australia's most renowned glass
blower designers. Mount has mastered this difficult medium to such
a refined extent that his works are not only well produced and decorative
but reflect the intrinsic qualities of glass as a medium for expression.
Nick Mount was born in Adelaide in 1952 and studied at the South Australian
School of Art during 1970 to 1971. He undertook a non Diploma Course
in Visual Arts at the Gippsland Institute of Advanced Education
during 1972 to 1974. In 1976 Mount was appointed Tutor in the Ceramics
Department at the Caulfeild Institute of Technology and in the same
year had established the 'Hot Glass Studio'. During 1985 to 1987,
Mount worked as a teaching assistant at the Pilchuck School in Washington
State, USA. In 1991 Mount established a new glass art studio in Norwood,
South Australia and has been working there, producing glasswork
Nick Mount has held numerous one person exhibitions throughout his career
and has also participated in many group exhibitions around Australia.
His work is represented in many private and corporate collections
including the National Gallery in Canberra, the National Gallery
of Victoria, LaTrobe Valley Arts Centre and various private collections
in America and Europe.
"My work is composed primarily of blown glass forms, some of which are cut, polished and laminated together in seemingly random fabrications.
I enjoy working within the restrictions imposed through the pursuit of excellence in traditional furnace working of glass but also take pleasure from the excitement of selecting unrelated blown forms and joining them to create improbable compositions.
The "Scent Bottles" are part of an evolving series of pieces I have been working on for the past three years. They refer in form and scale to the tradition of creating large, highly decorated glass vessels used for display purposes in apothecaries and perfumeries.
Almost all of the blowing and colouring techniques I use in my work are firmly rooted in the traditions of Venetian glass working.
The forms and method of construction refer more to the spirit of the recent contemporary Australian craft & arts movement." - Nick Mount
Since working amongst the pioneers of hot glass in Australia in the early 1970s, Nick Mount has been one of that country's pre-eminent glass artists. His work combines virtuoso technique with a keen instinct for design. Nick has exhibited in Europe, South America, the United States and Japan and is recognised internationally for his exhibition work, commissions and teaching.
Nick Mount's skill and theatrics in the studio have ensured he is in demand as a teacher and demonstrator at contemporary glass centers of excellence around the world. He is a highly respected leader amongst his peers and has recently been appointed co-chair to the International Council of Pilchuck Glass School.
A South Australian glass artist, Mount's work has been exhibited throughout Australia and overseas since 1978 and is represented in all major Australian museum and public glass collections. We are honored to represent the unique glass art of Nick Mount.
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