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02:57 pm, amandasimmons
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North lands residency and sofa talkDocumenting from residency to show with North Lands Creative Glass, Bullseye Glass and Gallery, University of Sunderland - National Glass Centre, SOFA and Craft Scotland. Sponsored by Bullseye Glass, Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council (Craft Makers Award) and Craft Scotland.

North lands residency and sofa talk
Documenting from residency to show with North Lands Creative Glass, Bullseye Glass and Gallery, University of Sunderland - National Glass Centre, SOFA and Craft Scotland. Sponsored by Bullseye Glass, Creative Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway Council (Craft Makers Award) and Craft Scotland.


10:21 am, amandasimmons
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North Lands Platter….kiln formed glass

North Lands Platter….kiln formed glass


12:40 pm, amandasimmons
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21 Causeymire…..again powder construction for these small vessels (21 in total to mirror the number of turbines at the Causeymire Wind Turbine site in Caithness). Whilst staying at North Lands in 2008 and this September I visited the turbines almost everyday (also the surrounding country side, the views coming back from inland towards the sea are stunning and quite addictive whatever the weather).

21 Causeymire…..again powder construction for these small vessels (21 in total to mirror the number of turbines at the Causeymire Wind Turbine site in Caithness). Whilst staying at North Lands in 2008 and this September I visited the turbines almost everyday (also the surrounding country side, the views coming back from inland towards the sea are stunning and quite addictive whatever the weather).


12:37 pm, amandasimmons
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Merry Midwinter and the last work of 2011

Recently finished new work and the first glass to come from my residency at North Lands Creative Glass. It’s a starting point, getting bigger with free-form hand cut suspension moulds (and all the challenges of coldworking larger vessels, ones that have outgrown my diamond flat bed grinder…..I see wet belt sander envy coming soon). At least I will have chance to work with one when I get to Sunderland on the AA2A scheme….weather, bad health and living on a building site still, all got in the way of me getting there before the winter break.

The large piece above is the first Buoy Boy…. I love this shape and have many more planned, working with mainly powder construction with a coarse frit base. I am so glad I challenged my colour use in winter last year as I’ve got over using colours I thought I didn’t like…..and now actually quite loving the bold warmer spectrum (even coming into some of my dreams of colour in the new kitchen circa 2012). Great to see the Pantone colour of 2012 is bright orange.

11:28 am, amandasimmons
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I attended my first welding course Monday at The Barony College near Dumfries (a 6 week intro course mainly looking at ‘stick’ Arc , MIG and TIG welding). I think I’m there really just to get a better idea of how it works as I don’t expect to get very good going on my first welds.Also to be able to talk to a good welder in terms they understand to build fittings and fixtures for me (but do hope I can make something in 6 weeks, even if it’s fixing the poor wheelbarrow that has done hundreds of trips full of rubble this last month).Not anywhere near final designs but just starting points for my ‘reflectors’ (one of 3 or 4 ideas coming along nicely from the residency at North Lands).

I attended my first welding course Monday at The Barony College near Dumfries (a 6 week intro course mainly looking at ‘stick’ Arc , MIG and TIG welding). I think I’m there really just to get a better idea of how it works as I don’t expect to get very good going on my first welds.Also to be able to talk to a good welder in terms they understand to build fittings and fixtures for me (but do hope I can make something in 6 weeks, even if it’s fixing the poor wheelbarrow that has done hundreds of trips full of rubble this last month).
Not anywhere near final designs but just starting points for my ‘reflectors’ (one of 3 or 4 ideas coming along nicely from the residency at North Lands).


05:28 pm, amandasimmons
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Presentation of In Place kilnformed glass and architecture residency at North lands Creative Glass with Steve Klein and Richard Parrish.

It’s very simple and doesn’t really do justice to how much I thought through ideas, sketched and took images but I took the concept to it’s very basics.



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