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Welcome to our Learn at Your Own Pace: Artist Course with Amanda Simmons, 'After The Circle'

A lifetime access course, you can watch as many times as you like, for as long as you like.  

Artist Course Description

In this Artist Course, you will learn how to use a variety of aperture rings - not limited to the commonly used circles – to produce a range of exciting and unusual slumped forms. Amanda will guide you through the complexities of slumping through all the varying shapes to ensure you learn how to tackle the unique issues that can arise from every form. Of course, Amanda will also give you advice and inspiration for creating exquisite blanks to slump into these moulds in the first place – and will also share information on the relevant studio health and safety, the best set-ups, colour blends, mark making, shaping, forming, firing schedules and so much more.

This course is a thorough and easy-to-follow guide that will lead you to create new forms from squares, rectangles and ovals. You will build a collection of works through thoughtful mark-making, delicate shapes, and varying heights of slumps.

Amanda has prerecorded the course content so you can access it at your own pace and revisit it as often as you wish. An accompanying community page allows you to share your progress and ask Amanda any further questions to demystify the process.

You can view more of Amanda's work on her website here: https://www.amandasimmons.co.uk/

Artist Course After The Circle Amanda Simmons Materials List 2023.pdf

Artist Course: Amanda Simmons - Trailer

Skill Level:

  • Intermediate, forming and slumping glass experience is required.
  • The Square and Rectangle Moulds can be used in a standard Hobby fuser kiln. The Ellipse Mould will fit in a Cub Fuser kiln.


  • 41 videos totalling 2 hours, 8 minutes

Artist Course Description: 

  • Use of different aperture forms, Square, Rectangle and Oval
  • Health and safety in the studio
  • Food safety for glass vessels
  • Bullseye colour combinations
  • Glass powder mark making
  • Three full projects
  • Slumping and forming
  • Understanding slumping firing schedules
  • Cutting vessels
  • Coldworking vessels

An extensive handout is provided in the course and it covers the technique and the three separate projects in one with the materials, firing schedules and step-by-step instructions that accommodate the pre-recorded videos

All this, along with extra tips and techniques for glass making from a professional artist.

Artist Course Outcome:

  • Multiple Powder Samples
  • Firing Schedule Skills
  • Square Vessels
  • Rectangle Vessels
  • Ellipse Vessels
  • Coldworking Skills

What to Prepare

  • You will need a computer, tablet, or phone in order to watch the course.
  • Ensure that you have checked the materials list and purchased any materials you may require 
  • A pen and paper to take any notes. 
  • We teach using Bullseye Glass (CoE90)


How does the Artist Course differ from the Live Online Masterclasses?

The Artist Course gives you lifetime access to Amanda's techniques and demonstrations. The artist course is all pre-recorded videos therefore these are not live but you can access them any time you like on any device, and your access will not expire.

What similarities are there between the Artist Course and the Live Online Masterclass?

There are still materials lists, in-depth handouts and a community page which will be monitored by Glass School and the Artist.  Instead of receiving tuition during live sessions, you can now access a class immediately, as all the tuition is pre-recorded. 


We are committed to maintaining a respectful community where all our students can learn and develop their full potential, within a safe environment. English subtitles are available on all of the videos. 

If you have a disability or any specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

*Price excluding VAT is £200. The correct tax will be calculated at checkout based on your location.

The courses are priced to fairly represent the Artist's sharing their technique for an unlimited amount of time.

Given the nature of this product, it is non-refundable. For further questions please contact us at [email protected] 

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome

    2. Course Overview

    3. Student Participation Agreement

    4. Materials List

    5. How to Download your Materials List!

    6. Join the Community!

    7. How to Navigate the Community Page

    8. All set to begin After The Circle Artist Course

    1. After The Circle Notes

    1. Introduction to After The Circle with Amanda Simmons

    1. Gallery of Large or Different Apertures

    2. 3 mm Tekta Slumps

    3. Powders Health & Safety Tips and Application Tips

    4. Food Safety of Vessels

    5. Materials & Equipment

    6. Is Bullseye Glass Food Safe

    1. Project One Introduction

    2. Mould Prep

    3. Blank Size & Set-Up

    4. First Side of Blank with Powders

    5. Firing Schedule

    6. First Firing

    7. Powder Layers Second Firing

    8. Firing Schedule

    9. Finished Blank

    10. Slump Set-Up for Square Mould

    11. Firing Schedule

    12. Two Outcomes

    13. Opening Kiln and Slumped Piece

    14. Cutting Off the Rim

    15. Coldworking your Square Vessel

    16. Finished Pieces

    1. Introduction & Mould Dimensions

    2. First Side of Rectangular Blank

    3. Firing Schedules

    4. Powder Layers, Second Firing

    5. Firing Schedule

    6. Finished Blank & Slump Set Up

    7. Firing Schedule

    8. Vessel After Slump Firing

    9. Cutting Off the Rim

    10. Coldworking Rectangle Vessel

Amanda Simmons

Amanda makes kilnformed glass objects, playing with gravity in the kiln. Manipulating mass, heat, colour and time, she creates complex, elusive work that has intense colour and pattern which reacts to the light it is placed in. She uses opaque glass powders to construct her work because of its varying translucency as the form elongates in the kiln, then finishes the kiln fired pieces using many coldworking processes to shape and mark the glass including sandblasting, hand lapping and diamond point and wheel engraving. Amanda graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art & Design in London with Distinction studying Postgraduate Certificate in Glass & Architecture, before relocating to Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland in 2005. She has exhibited in many high profile national and international exhibitions.

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