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We Are Crow

7 March 2024 - 6 April 2024

Amanda Simmons presents a new series of glass vessels inspired by two poems from the Ted Hughes Crow collection from 1970 and the accompanying illustrations by Leonard Baskin.

Crow and the Birds by Ted Hughes is full of our beautiful, feathered friends; a tale of birds flying away from human interaction, all except Crow. Each bird has its own poetic line and many of those mentioned are regular visitors to my garden. The other poem, Crow Hears Fate Knock on the Door, is my favourite, it is full of beautiful, strong words that make you project into space. It concerns Crow investigating the Universe, taking things apart and trying to understand how it all goes together. The colours and patterns in the vessels relate to each species and screen printed words, layered chaotically with low-fired black glass powders add texture to the work. – Amanda Simmons

A new collection of cast pieces is also included in this exhibition, my ongoing commitment to keeping my practice as sustainable as possible. – Amanda Simmons

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.


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