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Glass is extraordinarily seductive, explains Peter Layton. Every piece is an adventure and you never know exactly what you have created until you open the kiln and see how a piece has turned out. I love that moment of surprise.
My pieces appeal to a wide audience and everyone from Elton John to the Duchess of Kent have bought my work. It is designed to be lived with and enjoyed as the light changes, not just viewed in a museum.
Peter Layton is one of the world's most widely respected glass artists and he has done more to promote glassmaking as an art form than anyone else in Europe. He has influenced, encouraged and nurtured several of this country's leading glassmakers and has inspired many more internationally. Peter remains extremely active and is regarded as the 'grand old man of glass'.
Peter Layton originally trained in ceramics, but the discovery of hot glass was the beginning of a love affair. He was inspired by the immediacy of this engaging yet elusive medium, and as much by the demanding process as the magical qualities of the material. Each piece represents an adventure and a challenge to control form and colour, while allowing the fluidity of the glass to contribute its own qualities and characteristics.
Self-taught as a glassmaker, Peter Layton's work is organic and tactile, striving to achieve a form of controlled asymmetry. His series evolve by 'sketching on the blowing iron' in the belief that an understanding of the work is best achieved through making. An inveterate beachcomber, his work is often drawn from some aspect of nature or something observed while travelling.