Amy is a contemporary glass artist, sculptor, and community artist based in a small seaside town on the South Devon Coast.
Amy has a varied creative practice, creating bespoke stained-glass windows by commission and working on public art projects in a range of medium. Amy regularly exhibits in galleries and exhibitions around the UK and have a large portfolio of private commissions. Her work has been featured on TV and in print media in the UK and USA and has won numerous awards.
Amy makes decorative panels and architectural glass by commission for individuals and businesses and has work as far away as Denmark and Southern France! Her work incorporates printing techniques, warm glass techniques, photographic images, acid etching, casting and glass painting into leaded and sculptural work
Over the years Amy has become known for successful art projects in heritage and community settings and has been privileged to complete several war memorials and largescale public engagement projects for museums.
Amy studied Art and Sociology at Leeds University and then studied stained glass techniques at Exeter College.
Amy facilitates and delivers courses in a range of community settings and has been a Lead Tutor with the NHS’s Devon Learning Recovery Community since 2017 and leads a range of courses to aid mental health recovery and wellbeing through art.
Amy is also an environmental sculptor exhibiting around the UK and undertaking a wide range of public and community projects. She has co-ordinated the Teignmouth Recycled Art in the Landscape (TRAIL) since 2014.
Current TIME Project Co-Ordinator. National Lottery funded
Steady 5 year funding to create, lead and facilitate a weekly community workshop to aid mental health wellbeing through art and craft.
Current Hospital Rooms Public Commission for Torbay Hospital.
I am privileged to be one of fifteen artists chosen by national charity Hospital Rooms to create a stained-glass window for the new mental health unit currently being built at Torbay Hospital. This piece takes inspiration from the artwork created in public workshop and will be installed in 2022 when the unit is complete.
Ongoing Art Facilitator, Diversity Project for Teignbridge Council (.5 days per week) Project begins Spring 2022
I have recently been appointed to this role in a multi-agency project. I will be working with Winchester University’s History Department to research and document black history in Teignbridge. We will be working in liaison with Devon Library Service to provide diversity education in Teignbridge Secondary schools and creating artwork with the students in response to the subject. These artworks will be exhibited in a Devon wide travelling exhibition.
Ongoing TRAIL Organiser, Voluntary Role
Since 2014 I have been organising the annual summer recycled sculpture trail along Teignmouth seafront. This is the UK’s leading environmental sculpture exhibition and with our team we regularly collaborate with national statutory and voluntary sector organisations.
Ongoing Tutor NHS Devon Recovery Learning Community
I am a tutor with this innovative NHS mental health service; facilitating recovery through participation in art and craft and I design and facilitate these short courses with numerous tutors in the organisation.
Recently Completed Projects and Awards
Dec 2021 Teignmouth Mayor’s Community Recognition Award
Jul 2021 Sea Scouts/TCS School sculpture project
Helen Foundation Funding
Jun 2021 Stained Glass Project OLSP School
Helen Foundation Funded
Apr 2021 Morgan Giles Centenary Museum Exhibition. Project Manager
on behalf of Teign Heritage Centre. Arts Council England Funded
Researched, wrote and created new museum exhibition for Teign Heritage Centre on the history of iconic local boat builders Morgan Giles Ltd who had a huge impact on the town in the 20th Century. This commission was part of the Arts Council England’s CV19 recovery fund. My work included recording aural histories, collecting and documenting photographs, collating all the museum’s large MG Ltd archive into a coherent and engaging museum exhibition. I wrote the new exhibition narrative, chose the images and supporting archive objects to represent the history of the company and created a new static exhibition for the museum.
Jan 2021 Teignmouth Port History Timeline on behalf of Teign Heritage Centre. Arts Council England Funded.
Created 30 metres of visual timeline depicting the history of Teignmouth’s Historic Port area. Worked in collaboration with the Port, the local museum (Teign Heritage Centre) and local graphic designers to create a large, impactful artwork at one of the main routes into the town. This role included a great deal of research, graphic design and interagency working.
Feb 2020 TRAIL Plastic Reduction Programme Launch, South Dartmoor College
Feb 2020 Our Plastic Planet, The Big Green Event, Exeter Cathedral
2013-2019 Tutor, West Teignmouth Craft Club, Meadow Centre Kingsway Residents Association Teignmouth
Sept 2019 Teignmouth Town War Memorial
Large stained-glass panel for display in Teign Heritage Centre to commemorate local people who lost their lives in all wars.
Commissioned by Teignmouth Remembrance Committee and Teignmouth Town Council.
Jul 2019 The Good Ship Ocean Recovery
Recycled sculpture made with 1.5 tonnes of netting salvaged from the SW coast by the Ocean Recovery Project.
Jul 2019 Higher Heathercombe Edge Sculpture Trail
I created a large stained-glass panel for the exhibition which was subsequently brought by the Trust for the organisations permanent collection
May 2019 Rodney Gobblet, Keep Britain Tidy Sculpture
Large scale recycled sculpture which also acts plastic bottle bin for Teignmouth Sea front, the plastic bottles it collects are then recycled by the local services.
Mar 2019 Denis the Dustcart Bins
Commission to turn old oil drums into bins for this Exeter City Council Initiative. These bins will be taken with them on their large-scale public events.
Jan 2019 St Michael and the Archangels, Teignmouth. Responding to Stained Glass; Schools Project. National Heritage Lottery funded.
Worked with the local primary and secondary schools to create artwork in response to the stained-glass windows at St Michael’s church. This was part of a much larger Heritage lottery grant to restore the stonework surrounding the windows.
Nov 2018 TRAIL@15 at the Devon Guild of Master Craftsmen
Sept 2018 Wealdstone Football Club War Memorial. Public Commission.
New WW1 and WWII stained-glass memorial for the football club to commemorate all their players who perished at war. Now on permanent display at the football Club
Sept 2018 Teignmouth Remembrance Day Memorial.Teignmouth Town Council Funded Public Commission.
A series of workshops to make poppies with a wide range of community groups which created 1000’s of poppies which were hung from Teignmouth Lighthouse for the centenary of WW1.
Aug 2018 Riding a Plastic Wave. Environment Agency Funded.
Our team created a giant wave of plastic bottles, breaking over a surfboard to create a sculpture and selfie point to highlight single use plastic bottles. The piece was made from the 3,000 bottles discarded during a Half Marathon.
Jul 2018 OLSP Primary School, School of Fish Sculpture
Apr 2018 Newton Abbot Museum, Stained Glass Project
I was commissioned by Newton Abbot Museum to work with 8 community groups and hold public workshops to create stained glass to be incorporated into the new museum building (now open). I taught 160 people over 3 months and we made lots of stained-glass elements which I brought together into a range of glass artworks for permanent display in the museum. Most notably the large stained-glass windows in the museum entrance. In these workshops we used the museum collection for inspiration and worked with a diverse section of society, from council staff to adults with learning disabilities, to primary school children.
Mar 2018 Straw Monster Sculpture, Commissioned by Marine Conservation Society UK
Recycled sculpture made entirely from recycled single use plastic straws for launch of MCSUK National ‘The Last Straw’ campaign in May 2018.
Feb 2017 Mosaic Project with Teignmouth Community School
Oct 2017 Devon Remembers World War One War Memorial
Funded by National Heritage Lottery/SW Heritage Fund. Significant £7,000 public commission to create a new memorial commemorating the centenary anniversary of WWI which will be exhibited around the UK (including Exeter Cathedral) before being sited permanently in the reception of Teignmouth Community School. 180 Year 7 children from TCS helped create the memorial. The children created drawings in response to the Home Front in WWI, celebrating the lives and work of women and children in the war. We then made glass tiles and fired photo transfers of their artwork onto these tiles. From a distance the tiles make up a poppy image and as you move closer the individual images become visible.
July 2017 Winner Public Vote Award, Exeter University Observatory Exhibition
My recent work ‘A World Without’ is a large stained-glass panel telling the story of my family’s refugee story in WWII. Made in response to the research of the Human Geography Department of Exeter University. Featured on West Country Tonight TV Show.
July 2017 Peacock Coat, West Teignmouth Craft Club
May 2017 10 Murals with Teignmouth Community School
May 2017 Exeter Library Artist Residency, Rare Book Collection
Commissioned for Exeter Art Week, a series of work responding to the Library’s rare book collection
Mar 2017 Stoke Hill Junior School (Exeter) Sculpture Project
Funded by Natural England
Four sculptures based on the wildlife in the local area.
Nov 2016 267 Poppies. Peoples Health Lottery Funded. For Teign Heritage Centre.
Created paper poppies for each local man who was killed in WWI through a programme of summer workshops with children and elderly people to make 267 poppies. These were displayed on the great anchor outside Teignmouth Train Station on Nov 11, 2016. Local photographers were invited to photograph it as it disintegrates, and these photos were exhibited in the museum (Teign Heritage Centre).
Oct 2016 The Big Draw with TCS Mill Lane Primary School
Funded by The Helen Foundation
Jul 2016 EDGE Sculpture Trail, High Heathercombe, Dartmoor
Jul 2016 St Luke’s School, Exeter, Enrichment Workshop
May 2016 Exeter University Student Employee of the Year Awards
Corporate commission. Recycled cast glass awards
Jan 2014 West Teignmouth Project Manager for Teign Heritage
Apr 2016 Funded by The Health Lottery
I was privileged to manage £40,000 public art and history project exploring the development of West Teignmouth. One aspect of this project was devising and leading art projects (exploring the local history and environment of West Teignmouth) with local children, older people and community groups in a range of venues from schools to care homes (over 200 children in total). Amongst other things we decorated all the local bus stops with artwork inspired by the local landscape and industries and created work in response to visits to the local museum (Teign Heritage Centre). In addition to these workshops, I led two years of craft workshops with older people. From conversations at these events, I recorded participant’s memories to create an aural history archive and a photo archive of the area through time. I then used the results to write and create the accompanying museum exhibition at Teign Heritage Centre. There is also an online version of the exhibition. http://www.teignheritage.org.uk/teign-heritage-wins-funds-local-6
May 2015 Exeter University Student Employee of the Year Awards
Corporate commission. Recycled cast glass awards
Mar 2013 Exeter Community Centre Multi-Sensory Window. Funded by Exeter Arts Council . (Short Listed Arts and Health in South West Prize 2014)
The West of England Blind School was sited in Exeter city centre for 150 years, when it moved to new premises the building was turned into Exeter Community Centre. As part of this renovation, I was commissioned to create a centre piece artwork for the main foyer. Elderly blind alumni of the school were invited to a workshop where we created basket weave textures (they were all taught basket weaving at school to a professional standard) which I then cast in glass. With archive photos fired onto glass, braille and even mulberries (off the ancient tree in the grounds) cast into glass this is a feast for the eyes and full of textures for visually impaired people to enjoy with their hands.
Sept 2012 Panel/website of the Month, Stained Glass News
Sept 2012 Yarner Wood Art Trail.
Nov 2011 Under the Weather Sculpture exhibited on Barbara Hepworth Plinth, Northcott Theatre, Exeter University
Apr 2011 Winner Emerging Artist Bursary Prize from Devon Artist Network
Aug 2010 JUGIT Cow Sculpture, Corporate Public Commission
recycled public sculpture for large national corporation The Milk Marketing Board. Launched at end October 2010, commission for Dairy Crest as part of a promotion to change milk packaging and reduce waste
Sept 2010 Winner of 2010 South West Water Artis Prize.