This year I will be represented by Craft Scotland, supported by Emergents in, Scotland: Craft & Design at Collect 2018, Saatchi Gallery, London.
I'm one of 17 makers that are being taken to the show from Scotland, representing many mediums, selected by Craft Scotland, Christina Jansen (Director, The Scottish Gallery) and Pamela Conacher (Director, Emergents).
OpenThurs February 22nd til Sunday 25th February
I am exhibiting 3 brand new works made especially for the show which continue on from themes researched on residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. This part of the research comes from a discussion with an Environmental Research Institute scientist concerning renewable energy sources and how they affect sea birdlife.
"While all of the contributors to Scotland: Craft & Design have mastered the use of materials and processes that are deeply rooted in craft traditions, the desire to push these practices to the limit has resulted in groundbreaking work with a distinctly modern character. Amanda J. Simmons, for example, produces her glass objects using an unusual technique of forming glass by firing it in a kiln. This allows her to create pieces that are free formed by gravity, which varies the translucency of the material as it stretches. "
Alyn Griffiths on Collect 2018, Craft Scotland Website
(Alyn Griffiths is a journalist based in Scotland, his work focuses on architecture, craft and design. His work has been featured in CRAFTS, Frame, Port and Icon.)
The two new vessel forms look at creating moving imagery within the vessel and producing chaos.