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"Love You" - hand built ceramic 30x20cm - $790

My sculpture message is about joy and life and love. My sculptures reflect optimism
and positivity and embrace a celebration of the human, having survived
and thrived despite the odds. In a fragile and insecure world, there is still
time to revel in the moment, a place for joy and excitement, and space
 for defiance and resilience. Without making an overt political statement, my sculptures
seek to be thought-provoking by presenting a message of survival and hope.


"Yin & Yang" - bronze 26x19cm - $3,200

My sculpture stories mainly revolve around people’s relationships
with each other and the world around them. My favorite subject is the
parent and child, often prompted by images of my own children's
childhoods  that bubble up and re-surface under my fingers.
The parent and child is an ancient symbol of hope and optimism.


'End of the Day' - hand built ceramic 30x30cm - $750

I like reducing the human figure to its bare essentials using simple lines and flowing
shapes. I try to tell the story with as little extraneous 'noise' as possible. That ideal
 comes partly from my graphic design training and the all-important "KISS" mantra
(Keep It Simple Stupid), where less is more and negative space is vital;
and also from my scriptwriting background where the best practice is to cut
 anything not essential to the story. Photography training has also contributed to my
style in the areas of composition, texture and the use of light and shadow.


"Crackeld Torso' - ceramic 40cm(h)  - $590


"Reclining Figure in Green" - ceramic 26cm(h)x44cm(w)  - $980

I also love texture - it not only creates highlights and energy, but is a sign of individuality,
a 'made by hand' statement in a world of mass-produced goods.
I use oxides to emphasise texture on my  ceramic pieces and on my metal work,
 I use coloured wax and patinas. All my ceramic pieces are one-offs while my
metal sculptures are either one-offs using the lost wax method or a limited edition of ten*.


"Galaxy Gazing" - pit-fired ceramic 64cm (h) - $1,100

  
                                                                 'Brutus' ceramic -  $750                                            'I didn't do it' - ceramic - $550                                                              
   
             'Nick' - ceramic - $750                                   'Have you lost your phone?' - ceramic - $500 

Background

Amanda was born in London and grew up in Sydney Australia.
Sculpture was never far from her hands in childhood, from plasticine figures to carved iced cakes.
After majoring in sculpture in her final year of high school, she diverged to study film and scriptwriting
at university - but even here she found a way to sculpt by producing a clay-mation animation!
After backpacking around the world, she found herself working in London and a
gain returned to her life's passion by completing a certificate in sculpture
at the Kensington and Chelsea College. 

Back in Sydney and while running a graphic design business (to pay the bills),
Amanda continued to develop her sculptural practice, studying sculpture
methods and metal casting techniques at workshops and TAFE courses.
Then after encouragement and mentoring from artist-teachers,
she finally took the plunge and set up her own studio - and has now, happily, 'found her place'!

Awards

Amanda has exhibited widely, been accepted into numerous competitions
and has won many prizes. In the last 2 years she has won 1st prize in
Figurative Sculpture at the Sydney Royal Arts, the Ewart Art Prize, and the
Northbridge Art Prize and twice won prizes at the Sculptors Society Annual Awards.
 She has also won People’s Choice Awards at Bowral Sculpture Show,
Sculpture on Clyde, Sculpture in the Valley, Sculpture Bermagui,
Northern Beaches Art Prize and the Sydney Teapot Show.

Amanda is a committee member of The Sculptors Society,
 and a member of the Australian Ceramics Association and the Workshop Arts Centre.
She is also the convenor of the popular Greenwich Village Arts Trail,
held annually on the first weekend in November in northern Sydney.

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