Peter Layton: Arrival of Spring one off tall stoneform (not professional)
Photo credit: Ester Segarra


Peter Layton
Peter Layton the Founding father of British Glass

Posted 28 September 2014

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Peter has been continuously at the forefront of promoting glassblowing as a form of art. He runs the very successful London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery. Layton has always put creativity before the need to be commercial. 

Peter Layton in the Glass Art Gallery with Spirale one off wide stoneform 

At the age of 77, Layton says, “I have so much that I still want to do. You can never create the perfect piece of glass and there are always new ideas, techniques and other challenges to master. Glass is such an underrated medium – there is a fluidity and uncertainty which I choose to embrace rather than overcome.” First time exhibiting in Sweden with The Glassery, much of his richly coloured glass art can also be found in museums, galleries and exhibitions across the UK, Europe and America. 

Peter Layton: Yellow Paradiso one off bowl
Photo credit: Ester Segarra

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.

Peter Layton: Pink Paradiso large wide stoneform 

Peter Layton: Turquoise Paradiso sailform pair 

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.

Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium.

Peter Layton: Pink Paradiso one off wide stoneform
Photo credit: Ester Segarra

Peter established London Glassblowing in 1976 and subsequently formed Peter Layton and Associates Limited in response to a desire to work on a more ambitious scale. Together with Simon Moss, Peter has produced a number of large-scale stainless steel and glass sculptures, commissioned for architectural settings.

Peter Layton: Turquoise Paradiso stoneform wide and tall

"Since its establishment in the early 90's, the company has specialized in combining glass with metals, creating spectacular pieces to enhance both public and private spaces. We enjoy exploring monumental scale and the ambiguous visual qualities of light and material, and resolving the complex physical, spatial and aesthetic challenges they present."
Peter Layton

Peter Layton: Green Paradiso one off  tall stoneform and large Vform 

Peter layton: Glacier one off square stoneform and Amber Glacier sphere 

Garrowby one off wide stoneform
Photo credit: Ester Segarra

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