"Many artists of this exhibition work outside that more robust format, as in Canadian Cheryl Wilson Smith’s poetically titled and patiently layered “Winter’s Lichen,” which also suggests mesas and coral; “Glass Lace,” comprising individually made parts combined by Manuela Castro Martins of Portugal; and the exquisite oval bowl shapes, “Bird and Bone” and “Feather From the Swallows,” by Amanda Simmons of Britain."
A wonderful bonus of living in such a highly condensed area of artists is getting together for an exhibition. Myself, Hazel Campbell, fine artist and our hosts Hannah McAndrew and Doug Fitch, both slipware potters, will be opening their studio for an evening of getting to know the artists in the form of small talks and films. We will also be having an open studio type sale of our work (Friday evening and Saturday....see poster for details/times of opening and studio address).
I will be exhibiting new work at SOFA Chicago with Craft Scotland opening on November 6th through til 9th. We are on stand 723 with a great showcase of modern craft made in Scotland. Also showing Alison Kinnaird, Choi Keeryong, Gilly Langton, Jeff Zimmer, Kathryn Hinton, Lara Scobie, Misun Won, Morag Macpherson, Stacey Bentley and Thomas Hopkins Gibson.
I head off to the States for an adventure next week, firstly teaching at Bullseye Glass resource Centre New York for a 3 day vessel forming course and then off to SOFA Chicago.
I'll be speaking at Bullseye on Saturday November 1st at 5.30pm on the 2nd day of the course whilst Uncommon Beauty, a group show with myself, Rachel radar and Ted Sawyer, will be on in the gallery. I'm going to talk about the influence of a residency in the Highlands and how my work has changed since and what I'm planning for next year.
Kurt Shaw from The Pittsburgh Tribune Review has written an article on the inspiration behind the pieces on show at Morgan Contemporary Glass in the current show Synthesis II.
Here is an excerpt from the article about my piece Swallows Flight.
"Amanda Simmons' large glass vessel “Swallows Flight” was made after attending a residency at North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness, Scotland. This kiln-formed piece is about creating a “beacon” for the abandoned croft houses in rural Scotland, where Simmons lives in a tiny village called Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway, southwest Scotland.
The purpose of this beacon, Simmons says, is “to bring the people back to the land just like the returning swallows that live half the year in the empty buildings and also in my studio.”
“I spend many hours at my kiln building intricate layers of glass powders whilst the swallows watch on, chattering and swooping above my head,” she says. “When the piece is lit well, you can see these flight paths illuminated.”