Peter Layton, born in Prague and bought up in England, originally trained in ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London. But the discovery of hot glass whilst teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa took him down a different creative path. 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’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.
Peter has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium and established London Glassblowing in 1976 showcasing the work of exceptional glass artists. More recently he has formed Peter Layton and Associates Limited enabling him to work on a more ambitious scale combining stainless steel and glass as commissioned sculptures for architectural settings.