Amanda Simmons

Professional member Dumfries & Galloway EngravingKiln GlassColdworking

Kilnformed Glass, vessels created with glass powders.

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I make kiln formed glass vessels, 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 finish my pieces using many cold working processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping, diamond point and wheel cameo engraving.

I am currently producing work inspired by two residencies at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness. Here I investigated the Flow Country which is considered to be the largest area of blanket bog in the world.

I’m continuing my research as a scientist into using glass as a medium to investigate the physical properties of our universe and its formation and current growth. I’m still drawn to investigations into Toxicology and Pharmacology (my first degree) and how toxic plants have been used over the centuries as healers and more recently in the environmental toxins we encounter daily causing illness.

And as ever birds fly through my work as I live with them in the studio and my rural setting.

 

Exhibitions

  • 2017

    • July Outer Spaces, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

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