Amanda is a member of the Gallery at the Guild in Chipping Campden where she exhibits all year round in addition to the following events in 2018:
Monday 7 May
Earlsdon Festival - Coventry Arts Trail stall
Sat 5 May - Mon 7 May
Open Houses - Saltaire Arts Trail
Find me at 64 George Street
Sun 3 Jun
mac Arts Centre Birmingham
Contemporary Craft Market
Fri 8 - Sun 10 June
Broadway Arts Beat
Part of Broadway Festival - artists demonstrating and selling their work
Thur 27 - Sun 20 July
Artist and Makers marquee (usually near the BBC Charlie Gillett stage!)
Fri 5 - Sat 6 Aug
Art in the Park, Leamington
Sat 11 - Sun 12 Aug
Art in the Pen, Skipton
BIG Contemporary Art and Craft Event
Sat 8 - Sun 9 Sept
Wirksworth Art and Architecture Trail
Sat 15 - Sun 16 Sept
Melbourne Art and Architecture Trail
Sat 22 - Sun 23 Sept
MADE in the Cotswolds Chipping Campden
Fri 5 Oct - Wed 14 Nov
Exhibition at The Gallery at the Guild, Chipping Campden
Meet the Makers Sat 6 Oct
TBC Sun 4 Nov
mac Arts Centre Birmingham - Contemporary Craft Fair
Sat 17 Nov
Compton Verney Art Gallery
Sat 17- Sun 18 Nov AND Sat 22 - Sun 23 Nov AND Sat 15 - Sun 16 Dec
Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St Edmunds
Christmas Craft Fair
Sat 1 - Sun 2 Dec
mac Arts Centre Birmingham
Christmas Craft Fair - this is a bigger event than the monthly craft fairs (still free admission!)
Tues 4 - Mon 10 Dec
Chapel Arts Centre, Cheltenham
Amanda is Lamp Work Glass Artist on a mission to reclaim the tradition of making ‘little glass animals’ and other kitsch souvenirs to reinvent them for the present day as quirky, affordable collectables for the smallest spaces and gardens.
Tiny retro rockets and aliens bump shoulders with cacti, puffins and ice lollies, with a few toadstools, glass slippers and ghosts thrown in for good measure. Her Great Glass Advent Calendar has become an annual institution on Instagram!
She learned to make glass beads in 1996 and was a founder member of Glass Bead Makers UK when the skill was relatively rare in the UK, and went on to exhibit at some of the UK's most prestigious Craft Fairs including several years as a demonstrator at the late lamented Art in Action in Oxfordshire. Today, she still makes glass beads (and jewellery from her beads) but has a growing reputation for her 'tiny glass stuff' for house and home.
The Lamp Work method she uses is worth a bit of explaining. It involves heating and melting coloured glass rods in a flame and manipulating the 'drips' with small tools. Fine metal rods can be used to form the hole in beads or buttons. Working freehand a little patience is needed to make tiny birds, ice skates, pumpkins and more. Each object takes approximately 5 minutes to 1 hour to make and hot glass of different colours can be added gradually and precisely. Once a design is finished, it goes (still hot) into a kiln to anneal (slowed cooling) for up to 6 hours. When cool, the pieces can be cleaned, sorted and assembled into finished designs. It is a painstaking process and not for the faint hearted.
It's a method that is very different from both fused glass and blowing glass but also has its similarities. The main difference is that fused glass makers and glass blowers think lamp workers are bit mad for working so small!
Amanda works mainly to commission and on short runs of designs for exhibitions and art fairs. She loves meeting people and introducing them to lamp work and has done this at Designer Maker events (and Open Studios) the length and breadth of the UK from Brighton to Edinburgh, Suffolk to Cornwall, Derbyshire to London.
She is closely connected with Warwickshire Open Studios, having been until 2017 part of the Organising Team and came up with the idea of the Autumn Art Fair and the Secret Studio Sale (which she continues to organise each January with fellow artist Claire Seneviratne). She also co-ordinates The Coventry Arts Trail, a group of artists centred on Chapelfields and Earlsdon (but city wide) who take part in Open Studios each year.