Welcome our newest Jewelry Artist!
Amanda Buchanan owns and operates Plays with Glass, a one-woman art business. She sells her products, which are made of fused glass and metals (mostly silver), at area festivals and shows and in local shops. She co-founded The Athens Art Guild ten years ago and currently serves on its board as Vice President. She is also on the planning committee for the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, co-coordinating Marketplace vendors, a position she has held for ten years. She has held memberships in Starbrick Cooperative Gallery, Quattro Arts and the Griffon Gallery in Nelsonville and at one time assisted with coordinating Final Fridays in Nelsonville. She has participated in Women of Appalachia and has had entries exhibited at The Dairy Barn Arts Center. Amanda is a fixture at the Athens Art Guild’s art markets, setting up beside the farmer’s market most Saturdays. She estimates that she has made thousands of jewelry pieces over the years, and delights in seeing her work out in public. Her favorite part of the business is interacting with her customers, helping them to choose just the right piece to wear or give as a gift. Currently, she is working on expanding her skill set by branching into torch-fired enameling, which she hopes to premiere this autumn.
She and her husband of 28 years have 24-year-old twins and a spoiled dog named Mina. They have lived in Athens for 20 years.
Amanda holds a BA in psychology and a Master of Social Work degree. Between three states and a foreign country, she worked as a social worker for 30 years before retiring to pursue art and art administration full time. For more information as to where to find her work or to view samples, visit www.playswithglass.com, or follow her on Facebook and Instagram at Plays with Glass.