Art pieces by Amanda Heath are hand formed copper and hot molten glass, involving elements of light which reveal lovely imperfections in the sculptures. Living in Dorset, Britain, this art teacher and sculptor is inspired by fossils of the ‘Jurassic Coast,’ a World Heritage Site at the Dorset and East Devon Coast. It was here that the first complete Ichthyosaur fossil was discovered by Mary Anning over 200 years ago. Ichthyosaurs,, which is a Greek word for “fish lizard”, was a giant 2-4 meter long marine reptile that first appeared approximately 245 million years ago. Like these fossils, Heath’s sculptures capture that moment in time.
The process of Amanda’s art work is just as fascinating as the results. Each of her collection showcases a particular technique. Her famous Ichthyosaur sculpture, from her Cast Range, is made out of copper and glass mounted on scorched green oak block. Sculptures from the Forma Range are handmade in solid glass. The TubeLight sculptures are made by pouring molten glass into copper tubes and then mounted on an oak or slate plinth and illuminated from below with an LED light.
Indirectly, Amanda Heath gives honor to Mary Anning, a woman who was not scientifically honored during her life time in early 19th century Britain, due to her gender and belonging to the working class.