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 re-locating 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


Selected Stockists:

Contemporary Applied Arts      

Vessel Gallery, London   

Blackwell Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria     

Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales     

The Barony Craft Centre, Scotland    

London Glassblowing    

Bircham Gallery

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries    

The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright    

Spring Fling Open Studios held on the late May bank holiday. Opening subject to selection each year

USA 

Bullseye Projects, Portland, OR     

Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA     

Exhibitions 2016
Please see News for more information
Making a Winter's Tale, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Drawing Inspirations, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff Sep 17th Oct
Yorkshire Sculpture Park MADE Showcase Sep 2016
Autumn Show, The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright
Contemporary Glass Society at Etienne Gallery, Holland
Connections at The Scottish Gallery with Contemporary Glass Society
Modern Masters 2016, Munich, International Trade Fair
New Acquisitions at Ernsting Stiftung Glass Museum, Germany
Naked Craft touring exhibition in Canada and Scotland
Accumulations at Bullseye Glass New York Resource Centre Exhibition 
 

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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