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Nick Mount has been one of the leading figures in the Australian studio glass movement since the early 1970s. Over the subsequent decades, as both teacher and practitioner, he has made a significant contribution to the development of glass as an artistic medium in this country. Mount’s work is represented in major private and public collections including state galleries and the National Gallery of Australia. He also exhibits regularly in Europe, the United States and Japan. Like many artists working in hot glass, Mount draws from Venetian traditions. He was introduced to these by the American glass artist, Richard Marquis, who had worked at the renowned Venini factory in Murano in 1969, and came to Australia in the early 70s to demonstrate glassblowing. Employed to assist Marquis, Mount was immediately fascinated by the unknowable nature of glass and challenged by the degree of skill required to work with it. Further inspired by subsequent studies in glass in the USA and a visit of his own to Murano, Mount launched into a creative exploration of glass that continues to reach new levels of technical and artistic achievement.