Amanda has been working with glass since completing her degree, majoring in Hot Glass in 1983. Whilst her main focus is in decoration, Amanda continues to blow and form her own glass. She hires the Hot Glass studio for a few weeks a year, then spends the other months decorating the glass. She has been a sessional lecturer at the Fine Art Department, Monash University, Caulfield Campus.
Forming her own glass allows her to make pieces to a preconceived colour and shape. The next step in the design process is to mask the surface of the glass with tape and draw on the design. The tape is then cut, areas are removed and then the piece is sandblasted. This process is often repeated several times to achieve depth and intricacy. Engraving is sometimes used to add detail. These procedures are very time consuming. Her decoration encompasses many themes including frogs, seahorses and insects but is mainly botanically oriented with an emphasis on the Australian Flora. Designs are chosen to complement the shape of the plates, bowls, cylinders, vases and spheres. Generally, Amanda’s work is distinctly Australian and hence many of her creations have been taken overseas as gifts. Amanda’s glass has been exhibited in many group shows in Australia and she has had many successful solo exhibitions. Her work is now included in many private collections here and overseas and is in the Modern Glass Collection of the Hamilton Regional Gallery.