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Amanda Simmons

  • Glass fuser
  • Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Amanda Simmons Glass fuser
Contact
English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+44 7777684546
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From scientist to glass artist

  • • Amanda uses opaque glass powders to create lightweight, fragile works
  • • She approaches glassmaking in a scientific way
  • • 19th century artist John James Audubon's bird illustrations inspire her

Amanda Simmons began her career as a telecoms engineer and then pursued a biomedical science degree, going on to work in hospitals as an operator of heart-lung machines during cardiac operations. Very different jobs, but what she loved about both was using her hands and head to solve problems. However, although she enjoyed her career, she always felt she was searching for something else. Over the years she had taken classes in many forms of art before finally having a “lightbulb moment” on a week’s stained glass course. Her love of glass was “instant. It just spoke to me so much,” she says. Now living in Scotland, she makes kiln-formed glass pieces, often inspired by the birds she sees from her studio windows.

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Works

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  • © AJ Simmons
  • © AJ Simmons
  • © AJ Simmons
Photo: © AJ Simmons
Skyform (Tern)

The surface of this bowl made from kiln-formed glass is decorated with a flock of white Arctic terns. The sea-blue shade of the glass evokes the terns’ coastal habitat. Amanda has participated in research investigating the impact of sustainable energy on sea life, which inspired her to depict sea birds in her recent works.

58 cm
39 cm
19 cm

Amanda Simmons Glass fuser
Photo: © AJ Simmons
Arctic Tern

The surface of this bowl made from kiln-formed glass is decorated with a flock of white Arctic terns. The brown shade of the vessel evokes the ground on which the terns choose to nest. Amanda has participated in research investigating the impact of sustainable energy on sea life, which inspired her to depict sea birds in her recent works.

58 cm
40 cm
20 cm

Amanda Simmons Glass fuser
Photo: © AJ Simmons
North Lands

This large kiln-formed platter was based on work developed while Amanda was in residency at North Lands Creative, Caithness, Scotland. The vivid, swirling patterns were inspired by the landscapes of this beautiful area, and evoke the markings and textures found on local stones.

Height 4 cm
Diameter 52 cm

Amanda Simmons Glass fuser
Photo: © AJ Simmons
North Lands

This large kiln-formed bowl was based on work developed while Amanda was in residency at North Lands Creative, Caithness, Scotland. The vivid, swirling patterns were inspired by the landscapes of this beautiful area, and evoke the markings and textures found on local stones.

Height 17 cm
Diameter 51 cm

Amanda Simmons Glass fuser

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