Originally trained in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology) and Clinical Sciences, Amanda became interested in glass in 2002 after a stained glass course with Ray Bradley and then pursued a postgraduate in Glass and Architecture from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 2004.
Amanda currently works from her studio in Dumfries and Galloway. Following a recent two-week residency at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness, Amanda’s work explores the continuing research of the Flow Country and its massive capacity to store carbon in the many layers of peat. Working from watercolour prints inspired by the patterns and colours of the land and sky, Amanda has made some of her largest gravity formed glassworks to date for her exhibition in July 2017 – Outer Spaces.
Public Collections include: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Ernsting-Stiftung Glass Museum, Germany; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland
Amanda Simmons presented a new collection in the exhibition Two Hemispheres in February 2021.