Amanda Anderson shows her illustrative mosaics at Chapel Gallery, Lancashire, until 21 January 2017
Our Directory Maker of the Week, Amanda Anderson talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and what she loves most about her work
Who or what got you into making?
I've always made things for as long as I can remember. My Dad was a keen amateur artist and he encouraged me to paint and draw. We spent long holidays in North Wales making creatures out of driftwood, shells and stones.
Tell us a bit about your work.
My roots are in sculpture and that is how I approach my mosaics as constructions with balance and rhythm. I have an illustrative style with subjects of birds, creatures and flora. Some have romantic themes whilst others are more humorous. Having a strong image to start with is important, the tessera surface can evolve and change as I'm working but the base is always a constant. I love colour and stained glass has a rich depth of hue that I like to combine with ceramic tiles and pottery pieces to give vibrancy. I intricately cut each piece and my work is very precise which can be infuriating but I have learnt to embrace it and hopefully it gives my work a refined quality.
What are your inspirations?
I came across Gaudi's work while at college in the late eighties and that sparked my interest in mosaic making. Inspirations are difficult to pin down as they are collected over a lifetime. But the natural world, stories and memory are themes I return to.
What is your favourite part of the making process?
I enjoy developing new work. I'm always sketching down ideas but my favourite part is experimenting with the materials on my bench, working out compositions trying different combinations of colour and pattern allowing the design to take unexpected directions.
What are you working on right now?
It's a busy time of year and alongside getting all my Christmas orders completed I'm experimenting painting on glazed ceramic tiles with brush on glazes and fine liners. Making my own patterned pieces will give me more flexibility and add a new dimension to my work.
Amanda Anderson is part of Objects of Desire at the Chapel Gallary, Lancashire until 21 January 2017