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I look at a sheet of glass and listen. There is always a story to hear. Sometimes, when the glass is dark and sleek, it could be about a dangerous crawling snake. Sometimes, when it’s flowing and fresh, it’s about a forest in spring.
But glass always has to talk first. After all, it will have the last word as well (as the years of kiln disasters taught me : -)). I let the material tell me about my next project and only ever so slightly add my own thoughts to it.
The stories are always complex and intricate. So are my designs. I like to mix the rough and edgy texture of the frit with smooth and shiny pieces of glass. Reminding me of the contrasting nature of everything else around.
Having been working as a painter for over 30 years, I came to glass 8 years ago while exploring materials that would enable me to extend and develop my practice. In particular I wanted to find ways to make work with more conceptual content. The dialogue which occurs between the contemporary and the traditional, art and science which is integral to working with glass is a constant inspiration.
Amanda Notarianni designs and makes distinctive contemporary glass. Using traditional glass making techniques, she creates unique hand blown sculptural forms.
Amanda enhances her sleek free blown pieces using skilful cold working processes such as cutting, carving and polishing to create surface patterns and textures, which hold light and magnify reflections.
Initially inspired by microscopic images of plankton, her work is now evolutionary, with each piece informing the next. “Molten glass is such a dynamic material to work with. I really enjoy the challenge of working with a material that continuously pushes me to develop skills and understanding.”
Amanda’s innovative ultra-modern pieces are hand made to commission with projects undertaken ranging from public art commissions, to architectural installations and one off sculptural vessels.
Amanda runs Notarianni Glass studio in Dorset with her partner and internationally acclaimed glassmaker Charlie Macpherson.
I came to glass after a career in teaching.I chose to study at Edinburgh college of Art where I have continued to work in both Architectural and cast glass.