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Meet our Future Makers 2018: Amy Quinn

Written by Sophie Holt.


In support of new, emerging talent, each year our resident makers hand pick promising ‘Future Makers’ to showcase their work here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre. These new designers are either currently studying, recent graduates or newly emerging and this opportunity will bring their beautiful work into the spotlight. This year we have a total of seven Future Makers, all with their own unique craft, working with different processes and materials.

Amy Quinn is one of the seven talented new makers who have been selected to feature their work as part of Future Makers 2018. Her work has been chosen by Resident Makers Michelle Keeling and Gemma Truman based here at Manchester Craft and Design Centre in Studio 26. Amy is a glass maker from the North West and a recent graduate from Manchester School of Art. Her specialism is within blown glass but in addition to this she often incorporates other materials into her work such as wood, concrete and metal. Her collection of pieces that will be on display as part of Future Makers 2018 will is called ‘Fire and Ice’ – highly dynamic works inspired by the rugged landscape of Iceland. The pieces are influenced by the contrasting and ever changing landscape of the unique country, in particular the juxtaposition between the clear blue icy waters and more rugged volcanic terrain. Her designs consist of two counterparts (one glass and one concrete) that fit perfectly together.


Image Credit: Amy Quinn


Image Credit: Amy Quinn


 Image Credit: Amy Quinn


We asked Amy some questions so we could find out a little more about her and work:

1.) So Amy, Out of hundreds of 2017 graduates and emerging talent you have been selected by us. How do you feel about being chosen for Future Makers 2018?

I’m absolutely delighted to have been selected to be a part of Future Makers! I’ve always loved the Craft & Design Centre, so it’s an honor to have my work displayed here among so many talented designers and makers.

2.) What are the things that have inspired, and continue to inspire, your work?

I find myself constantly inspired by the wonders of the natural world. My current body of work is inspired by the vast contrast in the Icelandic landscape; from the rugged volcanic terrain to the stretches of smooth ice. The similarity in the material qualities that the clear glaciers and floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón had with glass is astounding, so much that I wanted to capture it within my work.

3.) Is there any advice you would give to artists and makers who are starting out?

Keep making! Set yourself goals that are achievable for you to aim to – for instance apply for a craft fair, submit your work to a gallery and apply for exhibitions, you never know who’s going to say yes and what opportunities may arise. Having to work to a deadline is really helpful when you’re starting out as a way to get the ball moving.

4.) What is your dream project?

I would love the opportunity to make BIGGER! At the moment I am mainly working on my own; it would be fantastic to work with a team of glassblowers to make a collection of larger works.


Image Credit: Amy Quinn


Image Credit: Amy Quinn


Image Credit: Amy Quinn



You can see Amy’s beautiful work on display here at MCDC in studio 26 as part of our Future Makers 2018 Exhibition. Click here to find out more about this fantastic exhibition.


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