Outer Spaces at The Scottish Gallery
Outer Spaces at The Scottish Gallery

From residency to exhibition

Exhibition Collection

Sky forms

A new body of work from Lyth Arts Residency New Work

Feather from the Swallows

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Featured Work


Biography and Stockists

My available work can be found on the Collections page alongside background information on my practice including printmaking, flameworking and process images. Stockists across the UK and USA can be found below with work ranging from £45 to £3500. All one-off shows and teaching assignments are highlighted on the Home page and on News.

I make kiln formed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time I aim to create complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. I use opaque glass powders to construct my work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln. I finish the kiln fired pieces using many coldworking processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving.

My most recent work has come from two intense weeks on residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. On the first week I 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.

I’ve 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. I have 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Amanda Simmons

                                                                                    Corsock, Dumfries and Galloway

Amanda Simmons in kiln formed glass studio

 Open Project Funding from Creative Scotland I was supported by Creative Scotland to create larger scale works, the grant enabled me to buy a larger size flatbed diamond grinder and gave me time in the studio to create a large body of work for my first solo show at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.


The Scottish Gallery

Contemporary Applied Arts      

Vessel Gallery, London  


Bullseye Projects, Portland, OR     

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA     


Exhibitions 2017

Material Language, Bullseye Projects, Bullseye Resource Center 

Outer Spaces, The Scottish Gallery, Solo Show July 5- 29 PV 4 July 6.30pm

Outer Spaces Catalogue


Selected Exhibitions

2016    Bullseye Gallery, New York Accumulations, Duo Show

            Modern Masters International Trade Fair, Munich

            The Scottish Gallery, Connections Contemporary Glass Society

            Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, Holland

            Craft in the Bay, Cardiff Drawing Inspirations curated show

            Yorkshire Sculpture Park September MADE Showcase

            Glasmuseum Alter Hof Herding, Ernsting-Stiftung New Acquisitions

2015    British Glass Biennale at the International Festival of Glass

           Touring exhibition in Canada and Scotland Naked Craft

           Glass Weekend '15 with Morgan Glass Gallery, Wheaton Arts 

            Modern Heritage Craft Project in collaboration with Spring Fling

            London Glassblowing Gallery Essence

2014    COLLECT, Contemporary Applied Arts, Crafts Council, London

            London Glassblowing Gallery Gravity, Focus show

            Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA Synthesis II

            Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA Evolve Touring to San Francisco,               Pittsburgh Glass Centre and  Bellevue Arts Museum

            Bullseye Gallery, New York Uncommon Beauty

            SOFA Chicago 2014 with Craft Scotland

2013    London Glassblowing Gallery Coalesce, Duo show

            Contemporary Applied Arts Focus Show, London

            SOFA Chicago 2013 with Craft Scotland, USA

2012      Emerge 2012, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA

              Open Eye Gallery, Glass focus show, Edinburgh 2012

2011    Contemporary Applied Arts 3 @ Circus, London

            COLLECT 2011, Crafts Council, Saatchi Gallery, London

            Craft Revolution, Harley Gallery, as part of Museumaker Project

            Perth Museum & Art Gallery Trove, Scottish Glass Society

2010 - Origin: The London Craft Fair 2009 and 2010

2007    Spotlight Show at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House Six of One, 2008

            National Museum of Scotland Gifted, Edinburgh 2008

            Spring Fling Open Studios, Dumfries & Galloway 2007- 2016



Below The Surface - Amanda Simmons from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.


Work in Public Collections:

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland

Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Perth, Scotland

Ernsting Stiftung Glass Museum, Germany




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