I’ve watched Scottish-based artist Amanda Simmons’ work for the last few years as she developed her practice in kilnformed glass. Her singular style, exquisite color choices and the coherency of her line are unmistakable – as they obviously were to the judges who presented her The Gold Award at ORIGIN 2010: The London Craft Fair.
“London, September 29, 2010: Amanda Simmons, based in Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway, has taken first prize in the Crafts Council and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) Export award 2010. Over 200 contemporary craft makers exhibiting at this year’s Origin show were eligible to apply. This award provides the successful applicant with the opportunity to explore a chosen overseas market and get bespoke export advice from a personal International Trade Advisor.”
I was delighted to read in Amanda’s blog that she plans to visit New York next Spring to look into opportunities in the US market. I hope she doesn’t stall on the East Coast.
Amanda, we’d love to see you in Portland!
In the meantime, I’ll keep watching her work on her beautiful website and reading her stories of a glass life in the village of Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway on her blog. “Otters frolicking down the road at 1:30 am”?
Maybe you should go to New York and I should go to your wee village, Amanda?