Amanda Simmons

My work uses gravity, mass, heat and time to shape glass vessels in the kiln. The forms are intricately constructed with glass powders, designed to react with changing light. This year I’m celebrating Voyager I & II currently heading into Interstellar space, now the furthest travelled human made objects. I present work that is a developing collection of research into the ‘handmade objects’ relevance in the digital age and our journey into the unknown.

We have collected objects ever since we have had somewhere to put things; I’m interested in our emotional responses to contemporary objects and the connection we build with inanimate items. The starting point to all my work is that connection, either with an emotion, colour, written word or music and from there I will investigate how others have looked at the same notion, making a visual representation of my research and reactions, often leading to more questions.

Education 
2011 
 Residency at North Lands Creative Glass with Steve Klein and Richard Parrish (supported by Bullseye Glass)
2008  Masterclass with Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent, Glass Engraving, North Lands Creative Glass, Wick
2004  Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies – Glass and Architecture (Distinction) Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, London
2003  Fusing & Slumping, Mould Making, Glass Casting, Cold working Modules, Westminster College, London
2002  Stained Glass with Ray Bradley, Institute of Art, London
1996-04  BSc (Hons) Clinical Sciences (Perfusion)
1992-96  BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology), Kings College London

Teaching

2012  Masterclass in Kilnformed Glass Vessels at Warm Glass, Bristol
2011  Creative Business Advisor (for Crafts) by Dumfries & Galloway Council, to stimulate, strengthen and support the creative industries sector across the region
2011  Kilnformed Glass Vessels at Creative Glass Switzerland, Austria and England

Awards

2013 Creative Scotland Travel Grant (SOFA Chicago)
Craft Maker Award, Creative Scotland & Dumfries and Galloway Council
2011 Finalist in Emerge, International Kiln formed glass competition, Bullseye Glass, USA
2010  Gold Award winner at Origin 2010 – Crafts Council and UK Trade & Investment Award for Export
Commendation in the Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, Aesthetica Magazine
Craft Maker Award, Creative Scotland & Dumfries and Galloway Council
2009  Professional Development Grant from the Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) to help attend Origin 09
‘Highly Commended’ BCTF Award for Excellence at the British Craft Trade Fair
2008  Craft Makers Award, Scottish Arts Council (now Creative Scotland) & Dumfries and Galloway Council
2006  Craft Makers Award, Scottish Arts Council & Dumfries and Galloway Council

Exhibitions

2014  COLLECT, with Contemporary Applied Arts, Saatchi Gallery, London
2013  SOFA Chicago, USA
Coalesce at the Gallery at London Glassblowing
Focus Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
2012  Emerge 2012, Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA
Open Eye Gallery, Glass focus show, Edinburgh
Glass Medallions (International Festival of Glass) with Contemporary Glass Society, Ruskin Glass Museum
2011  Living with Glass, Vessel Gallery and Contemporary Glass Society, London
2011 COLLECT with Craftscotland 5-9 May, Saatchi Galleries
Trove, Scottish Glass Society, Perth Museum & Art Gallery
Unite, Collins Gallery, Glasgow with Craftscotland
Spring Contemporary Craft, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
2010  Origin: The London Craft Fair
‘In the Making’ RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
Lustre, Contemporary Craft Fair, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University
Glass Quake II, Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA, USA
The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester
Creative Christmas, ZEST, Contemporary Glass Gallery
2009  Origin: The London Craft Fair
Glass in the Window II, Leeds Craft & Design Centre
Homes & Interiors Scotland SECC Glasgow, selected by CraftScotland
2008  Six of One, Spotlight Show at Blackwell Arts & Crafts House
Gifted, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Lustre, Contemporary Craft Fair, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham University
Scottish Glass Society Annual Exhibition, Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington
The Affordable Art Fair 2008-2010 (with Cafe-Jello Gallery)
Art Hand Design, Lethaby Gallery, Central St Martin’s
2007  Bowls of St Martin’s, Zest Contemporary Glass Gallery 
Winter Warmth, Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk 

Commissions
2010
 Kiln formed glass bowls as trophies for the Rural Development Awards, Dumfries and Galloway
2008  Commission for Glass Bugs for Primary School Gates with Architectural Blacksmith Adam Booth, Cambridge
Commission for Creative Literature Award 2008, CREATE & Lockerbie Academy
Music Trophy for Contemporary Piano, Dumfries Music Festival
2007  Forres Enterprise Park Architectural Glass Commission, HIE Moray - Horizon Scotland, Forres, Scotland
Commission for Creative Literature Award, CREATE & Lockerbie Academy
2006  Vestry Hall Reception Feature Commission, Vestry Hall, Burngreave, Sheffield

 

Publications/Articles/Press
2013
  Scotland on Sunday, Interview, August
2012  American Craft, Scottish Craft Feature, June/July
2011  Crafts Arts International, no.82
Homes & Interiors Scotland, Feature on Scottish Glass makers, September
Glass Network (magazine for Contemporary Glass Society) Front cover image and article June
Glass Network - COLLECT 2011 review, September
Neues Glas (New Glass Magazine), spring
Homes & Interiors Scotland, June
2010 Craft & Design Magazine, Feature Interview, March/April
Bullseye Glass USA, Blog article on Gold Award at Origin
2009  Period Living, Craft highlight article, May
Homes & Gardens, Vessels featured, October
Glass Jewellery – article and images included in book by Yvonne Coffey

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