Tuesday 14th October 2014
7.15pm(refreshments from 6.30pm)
Peter Layton: Catch it while you can: British Studio Glass
With the demise and closure of many of Europe's most famous glass factories, the art and craft of glassblowing may soon cease to exist in the West. Nevertheless, this is a period of unparalleled creativity in glass art and Studio Glass is the new glass industry. Collect it while you can!
Peter Layton is one of the world’s most widely respected glass artists and he has done as much as anyone to promote glassmaking as an art form in Europe. He has influenced, encouraged and nurtured several of this country’s leading glassmakers and has inspired many more internationally. At the age of 77, Peter remains extremely active and is regarded as the ‘grand old man of glass’.
Peter runs the London Glassblowing Studio in Bermondsey like a collective at which glassblowers are free to use the kilns to create their own work and develop their skills as well as work on pieces that help to pay the vast energy bills. Peter has always put creativity before the need to be commercial which is why the Gallery is an Aladdin's cave of unique and surprisingly affordable works of glass art. Much of the richly coloured glass art is his own work which can also be found in museums, galleries and exhibitions across the UK, Europe and America.