Studio Visit and Talk – Amanda J SimmonsSaturday 31 August 1.30pm – 4.00pm at Corsock, Dumfries & Galloway

  Studio Visit and Talk – Amanda J Simmons
Saturday 31 August 1.30pm – 4.00pm at Corsock, Dumfries & Galloway

Part of a series of SGS Member Studio Visits and Meetups throughout Scotland in 2024. We are delighted to arrange a visit to Amanda J Simmons studio and gallery in Corsock where she will give an illustrated talk about her glass, practice and her recent personal development adventures.
Image above – Vessel by Amanda J Simmons , Photographer: Euan Adamson

Amanda makes kiln formed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time she creates complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. She uses opaque glass powders to construct her work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln. She finishes the kiln fired pieces using many cold working processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving.
Amanda has worked with glass for the past 21 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. She has exhibited at Collect (Crafts Council) shown by Craft Scotland and Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), with London Glassblowing, Bullseye Projects in Portland, Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, SOFA Chicago and Pittsburgh Glass Centre among many others during her career.  

Timetable for the afternoon:
1.30pm – Arrive at Corsock and Introduction
1.45 – 2.45pm Building a Practice – an illustrated talk by Amanda Simmons
2.45 – 3.30pm – Discussion and Q & A 
3.30pm – Break (tea, coffee and cake provided)
3.45pm – Optional tour around Amanda’s studio and chat about recent projects
4.30pm – Close

Getting to Corsock:
Public transport
Unfortunately there is very limited public transport to Corsock. The closest rail station is Dumfries.
We will try and arrange some car shares or pick up at Dumfries station.
90 miles from Glasgow (1hr 45mins)
92 miles from Edinburgh (2hrs 10 mins)
15 miles from Dumfries (25 mins) It’s a straightforward drive from Dumfries (a bit twisty in places)
Limited on street parking is available, please respect local residents.
Booking essential as space is limited
To book a space or for more information please email Gregory Alliss, SGS Chair at
If you’re interested in sharing a lift please provide some information in your email and we will try and coordinate.