Amanda Simmons is one of the best european glasswork master artisans. She is based in Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland. After her first career as a clinical perfusionist, Amanda undertook studies in glass and architecture at Central St Martins School of Art in London and set up her studio near Castle Douglas in 2006. Currently, her work is influenced by research at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness with scientists based at the Environmental Research Institute in Thurso.
Her investigations included the blanket bogs of the Flow Country and renewable energy turbines in the Pentland Firth. Amanda has taught internationally and has displayed her glassworks in exhibitions including the British Glass Biennale and the Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh. Her art pieces are found in private and public collections including The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, National Museums Scotland and the North Lands.
Just like a curious and bright never-growing child, Amanda enjoys playing with gravity using the kiln to create glass objects. Manipulating mass, heat, color and time she aims to produce intricate, indescribable works with intense colors and patterns that react to the light changes. Amanda uses opaque glass powders to construct her art pieces because of its fluctuating translucency as the form elongates in the kiln. She finishes the kiln fired pieces using various cold working processes to shape and mark the glass, including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point as well as wheel engraving. The kiln-formed glass vessels and wall panels she makes consist in elaborate 3D patterns and thin glass structures.
Artic Tern I, the handmade glass vessel that was exhibit at “Best of Europe” has white patterns of Artic terns outlined that decorate its surface. The tern is a bird from the Laridae family. The light blue shade of the work evokes the seawater next to which terns choose their habitat.
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