Own Art makes it easy and affordable to buy contemporary art and craft. Own Art is Creative Scotland's loan scheme. You can borrow from £100 up to £2,500 at 0% APR repayable over 10 months in equal monthly installments.

* The money can be put towards original paintings, sculpture and prints. You must be 18 years or over and be a UK resident and can apply via Gallery Heinzel, one of the network of over 300 UK galleries supporting the scheme.

*Subject to status. Terms & conditions apply.


Amanda Simmons

Amanda makes kiln formed and cameo engraved glass vessels from her studio in Corsock. She's fascinated by structures created using gravity whilst the glass heats in the kiln, the vessels becoming more complex as she experiments using hand-built suspension moulds. She's worked with glass for the past 10 years, studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Glass and Architecture at Central St Martin's School of Art and Design in London, before re-locating to Dumfries and Galloway in 2005. "I construct the glass using layers of coloured mostly opaque glass powders. My aim is to create very delicate, elusive work that reacts to the light it is placed in, showing variations in the intense colour and marks."