28 February 2012
Nick Mount is one of Australia's most accomplished and celebrated studio glass artists. Fast approaching his fifth decade working in the field, he has been at the forefront of innovation and achievement since the early 1970s.
Mount's earliest and most enduring influences include the US west coast glass scene and the traditions of the Venetians. He was introduced to these by the American glass artist, Richard Marquis, whose approach to glassblowing and mastery of the medium has also had a lasting impact on his work.
Informed but not confined by tradition, Mount is known for his production, commission and exhibition work. Since the late 1990s the latter has comprised an evolving series of 'Scent Bottles'. Sculptural assemblages that range in scale and character, they offer 'limitless potential' and combine a respect for traditional Venetian glassmaking techniques with a wry Australian wit.
Mount's work is represented in major public and private collections and his reputation as a generous teacher, demonstrator and mentor sees him teaching regularly at glass centres around the world.