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4 February 2021 - 27 February 2021

Southern Hemisphere (Bright Skies) Large Round Vessel, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:11cm D:28cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Tray, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:26cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Tray (detail), 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:26cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Bright Skies) Medium Deep Round Vessel I, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:12cm W:18cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Bright Skies) Medium Deep Round Vessel II, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:14cm W:18cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Small Single Vessel V, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:6cm D:7cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Small Duo Set I, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:5-6cm D:7cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Small Duo Set IV, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:5-6cm D:7cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Medium Vessel Round Base, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:7cm D:12cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Duo Medium Vessel Set I, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:7-9cm D:12cm
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Southern Hemisphere (Dark Skies) Duo Medium Vessel Set II, 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:7-9cm D:12cm
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Cook, Large Round Deep Tray (Indian Pacific Collection), 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:54cm
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Cook, Large Round Deep Tray (Indian Pacific Collection) (detail), 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:54cm
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Rawlinna, Large Round Deep Tray (Indian Pacific Collection), 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:54cm
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Rawlinna, Large Round Deep Tray (Indian Pacific Collection) (detail), 2020

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:8cm D:54cm
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Rawlinna, Small Vessels (Indian Pacific Collection), 2021

kilnformed glass powders, sandblasted
H:4cm D:7cm
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Stick Vase, 2020

Various homegrown organic willows
H:50cm W:28cm D:28cm
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Hot Sun, 2020

Homegrown organic Salix Britzensis and S. Flanders Red
H:34cm W:35cm
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Shield Wall Piece, 2021

Various homegrown organic willows
H:63cm W:49cm
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Large Platter IV, 2020

Various homegrown organic willows
H:47cm W:43cm
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Large Platter V, 2021

Various homegrown organic willows
H:47cm W:40cm
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Large Platter VI, 2021

various homegrown organic willows
H:42cm W:39cm
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Large Platter VII, 2021

Various homegrown organic willows
H:45cm W:41cm
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Large Platter VIII, 2021

various homegrown organic willows
H:49cm W:44cm
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Medium Platter I, 2020

Various homegrown organic willows
H:38cm W:36cm
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Medium Platter II, 2021

various homegrown organic willows
H:42cm W:37cm
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Small Platter IV, 2020

Various homegrown organic willows
H:38cm W:29cm
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Small Platter V, 2020

Various homegrown organic willows
H:34cm W:30cm
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Small Platter VI, 2021

Various homegrown organic willows
H:35cm W:30cm
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Small, Medium and Large Garlands, 2021

birch
H:20-37cm W:24-31cm D:14-26cm
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Small Garland, 2021

birch
H:20cm W:24cm D:14cm
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Medium Garland, 2021

birch
H:30cm W:28cm D:23cm
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Large Garland, 2021

birch
H:37cm W:31cm D:26cm
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Photography by Kim Ayres
Born: 1970

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.

‘I make kiln formed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time I aim to create complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. I use opaque glass powders to construct my work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln. I finish the kiln fired pieces using many cold working processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving.’ – Amanda Simmons

Public Collections include: National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Ernsting-Stiftung Glass Museum, Germany; The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland

Amanda Simmons presents a new collection of glass vessels in her solo exhibition, We Are Crow, in March 2024.

Born: 1951
Place of Birth: Denmark

‘My journey with willow began almost 40 years ago. Despite having virtually lived and breathed willow for many of those years there has always been more ideas to try out and forms to explore.’ Lise Bech

Originally from Denmark, Lise Bech lived and worked in the Southern Uplands of Scotland for many years drawing inspiration from the landscape. She has since made a new home and studio in the heart of Fife. Living close to the earth through gardening, she grows her own willows and cares deeply for the planet. Co-operation, collaboration and community continue to be the touchstones which inform her life and practice as a basket-maker.

‘My journey with willow began almost 40 years ago. Despite having virtually lived and breathed willow for many of those years there has always been more ideas to try out and forms to explore. With less pressure in my later years, I have had time to play and experiment and indeed go deeper in those that had lasting appeal. The introduction of twisted twigs from my garden as handles and gold leaf on a ’shopper’ is a playful tongue in cheek juxtaposition which may raise questions… What is it for? Is it a shopper? Do we need shoppers these days?’ – Lise Bech


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