Amanda Simmons makes kiln formed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time she aims to create complex, elusive work that have intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. Amanda uses opaque glass powders to construct her work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln. She then finishes the kiln fired pieces using many cold working processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving. Her most recent work has come from two intense weeks on residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. On the first week, Amanda worked with the Environmental Research Institute based in Thurso investigating the impact of sustainable energy on sea life and the peat restoration programmes in The Flow Country of Caithness and Sutherland.
Amanda has worked with glass for the past 14 years, graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design in London with Distinction studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before relocating to Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland in 2005. She has exhibited at Collect (Crafts Council) shown by Craft Scotland and CAA, Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), London Glassblowing, Bullseye Projects in Portland, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, SOFA Chicago and Pittsburgh Glass Centre.
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