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Nicholas Collins was born in 1973 in the former mining town of Whitehaven on the West Cumbrian Coast. Studying at the Cumbria College of Art and Design for a B Tec in Art and Design, Nicholas continued his studies right through until 2011. His collections and exhibitions date back to the year 2000, his work having been on display in both the UK as well as on several occasions in the USA.
From 2000 until 2003, Nicholas was a self-employed glass designer and maker. He ran his own workshop, as well as exhibiting his work at trade shows in the UK and the USA. During 2005 and 2006, Nicholas also worked as a part time lecturer at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
Nicholas Collins Glass Artist launched his current practice in Maryport, on the West Cumbrian Coast in 2014, once he had refined his craft and perfected the art form through many years of continued studying. His products are predominantly glass vessel and platters, although recently he has started to experiment with kilnforming glass techniques for furniture design.
All of Nicholas’s works are limited edition, his fascinations combining opaque and semi-translucent glass with cutting edge technology and finishing tools. Many of his pieces follow a theme of optical illusion, his ethos being to continually push the boundaries of manufacture and traditional glass making to produce more and more sophisticated pieces and designs.