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The potential of glass, as an exciting medium for expressive art, has long been under-appreciated. This is rapidly changing as studio glass artists become more adventurous and as fine artists increasingly value its unique properties and versatility and begin to utilise this extraordinary medium in their art.
We feel it is important to acknowledge Peter Layton as someone who has done more than most to advance/further the development of glass as a creative medium for artistic expression.
Peter, affectionately considered the 'grand old man' of British glass will turn 80 next year. Coincidentally his studio, London Glassblowing, among the first in Europe is also celebrating its 40th anniversary as a vibrant creative hub.In the last 40 years scores of talented glassmakers have worked under his tutelage, producing incredible collaborative projects and individual works of glass art.
This exhibition is proposed to mark the occasion, and to celebrate his long and active involvement with the international studio glass movement, in particular his important contribution at the forefront of the British Glass scene.
Peter Layton will be attending the private view on Friday 22 April, please contact us to book a place for a free mini talk by Peter before the private view at 5.45pm.
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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.
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