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'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.
His impact is noted by both
critic and layman alike for he has been at the forefront of British studio
glass since the 1970s and has contributed significantly to its promotion and
Indeed, such is Peter’s
commitment to the craft that he’s dedicated almost as much time to nurturing
others – developing the skills of the next generation by providing a truly
unique environment for them to flourish.