27 Oct 2014

SOFA Chicago with Craft Scotland

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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.

24 Oct 2014

Artist Talk in New York

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.

13 Jul 2014

Review in Pittsburgh Tribune for Synthesis II

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.”

Read more: http://triblive.com/aande/museums/6413339-74/glass-says-piece#ixzz37M8DVhky
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Summer Show in Inverness

'Gull' at Castle Gallery, Inverness
I'm showing a collection of work inspired by Caithness at The Castle Gallery in Inverness. The first time I've exhibited there and is a prelude to a bigger show next spring with a 'Sea' theme. 
Open until 27th September (clink on link for more details)

24 Jun 2014

Vintage Sale goes live

See my page Vintage Work for Sale (under pages on the blog) for a selection of new and old works for sale to raise funds for a flameworking set-up.

4 Jun 2014

Synthesis II at Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery

Swallows Flight (Image by Ester Segarra)
 My second exhibition in the states will be opening on June 6th in Pittsburgh at the Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery.

SynthesisII is a show focusing on glass work made in the kiln and is full of many glass artists I have learnt from and highly respected since starting with glass in 2002. I feel very excited to be part of a specific kiln formed show and hope one day this becomes a reality in the UK.

Bird and Bone Platter

Expansion Theories I, II and III

North Lands platter (white/yellow)

3 Jun 2014

Collect 2014 with Contemporary Applied Arts

Campaign Set Voyager I & II

A collection of my smaller vessels investigating the properties of gravity further. These were all inspired by the travels of Voyager I & II through our solar system becoming the furthest travelled human made objects in history. 
The stand at Contemporary Applies Arts at Collect was curated brilliantly this year with common threads running through the group of makers, each representing a medium. Alice Kettle (textiles) and I did a booth talk and whilst getting to know each others practice recognised some recurring themes and ways of working that we felt could work well together. We are currently discussing our 'cosmos' theme further and investigating some scientific venues to host our exhibition.
More information and some background imagery can be seen in my ISSUU publication after the images.
Campaign Set for Voyager I
Gravity Works Set I
Images from the stand at Collect

Gravity Works Set V
Gravity Works Set IV
Gravity Works Set III

2 Jun 2014

Evolve at Bullseye Gallery

A very exciting show for me as this is my first invited exhibition at The Bullseye Gallery, Portland, USA. I have shown a collection of small vessels as part of Emerge 2012, a biennial International kiln formed glass competition. Evolve is a three person show of previous finalists and the work that has come since Emerge, including Martie Negri and Nathan Sandberg.
My work for the show was quite heavily influenced by birds and my residency at North Lands in Caithness. The show is on now at the gallery until June 28th and then tours to the Bay Area Resource Centre, the Pittsburgh Glass Centre and in Spring 2015 to the Bellevue Arts Museum near Seattle.
For more details of the work please have a look at my Issuu publication for the show below.

Bird and Bone

Feather from the Swallows (duo)

North Lands Folded Platter

Feather from the Swallows (large)

North Lands platter