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Amanda Simmons

I make kiln formed and cameo engraved glass vessels from my studio in Corsock.  I’m fascinated by the structures I can create using gravity whilst the glass heats in the kiln, the vessels becoming more complex as I experiment with the slumping method using custom hand-built suspension moulds. I’ve worked with glass for the past 10 years, graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design in London with Distinction studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before re-locating to Dumfries & Galloway in 2005.

The work I make incorporates many processes, including mould making, kiln firing, coldworking (working with diamond tools to shape and smooth) sandblasting and mark making the glass with diamond point engraving and a diamond wheel lathe. I construct the glass using layers of colour, mostly opaque glass powders. My aim is to create complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in.

Recent work I have made comes from an intense time of research on residency at North Lands Creative Glass in Lybster (with Steve Klein and Richard Parrish, sponsored by Bullseye Glass).Looking intensely at patterns in dykes across the fields, local seabird life and found objects in the harbour at Lybster in Caithness, a direct contrast to the pastoral rural life in Dumfries and Galloway.

I’ve exhibited my work at COLLECT with Craft Scotland (the Crafts Council show for contemporary applied arts at the Saatchi Gallery in London) and became a member of Contemporary Applied Arts in 2011. A winner of the Gold Award for Innovation, Creativity and potential to export at Origin 2010, I  investigated the applied arts market in the USA (funded by the Crafts Council and UK Trade & Investment) visiting SOFA and Bullseye Glass.

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