Modern Makers 2020

Modern Makers 2020 – working with glass artist Amanda Simmons

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Modern Makers is a programme which allows a small group of young people to learn craft skills from established makers.

During 2020's programme, four young people from D&G worked with glass artist, Amanda Simmons, who creates kiln formed glass objects. 

Participants learned the three components of kiln formed glass; fusing (permanently bonding the glass together), slumping (forming the glass) and coldworking (finishing of the glass). Using these techniques, they then designed, made and finished their own glass pieces. During the scheme many aspects of running your own business and creative practice were also covered, including building a brand, promotion and professional development.

Due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic the project was delayed, finally being completed in the summer of 2021. We are extremely proud of our four Modern Makers and what they have achieved during a challenging period. Unfortunately due to the ever shifting time frame of the project two of the participants were unable to complete the full programme. However, we look forward to welcoming everyone back to show work in our Modern Makers exhibition in 2022. 



Amanda is an internationally renowned glass artist and has been working with glass for the past 16 years. She was one of the original makers involved in 2014’s Modern Heritage Craft (MHC), which ran for 10 days. 

Find out more about Amanda’s work at her website:

Watch a video about Amanda’s process: 


Modern Makers 2020 was funded by The Holywood Trust, William Grant Foundation and Creative Scotland.