Amanda received her BFA from Illinois State University working in both the glass and ceramic departments. She spent time outside of the studio spreading joy with environmental activities, freezing giant popsicles for public events and leaving anonymous gifts for strangers.
She most recently had a residency at Grand Central Art Center, working with the community of Santa Ana to deconstruct our relationship to plastics and our water ways. Through collaborative clean ups and an interactive gallery space, their living sculpture transformed trash and the community.
For several years, she has been a valuable member of the Pilchuck Glass School seasonal staff. In the fall of 2012, Amanda was in residence at s12 galleria in Bergen, Norway, creating an extensive symbiotic exhibition with her partner Benjamin Wright. She taught glass to the greater Philadelphia community along with volunteering for an innovative program that brings art education into challenged public schools. Amanda currently lives in Brooklyn, working as a glass production manager, along with devoting time to her personal multi-media art practice.