Peter Layton

Past Board Member

Peter Layton has worked for nearly 40 years to develop and promote glass art in the UK and Europe. He was a founding member of two organizations—British Artists in Glass and the Contemporary Glass Society—and he has served as chairman for both. A jury member for the British Glass Biennale, Layton established the valuable Glass Sellers Prize. This Prague-born, England-raised artist received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Bradford for his contribution to the Arts and Crafts, has been granted the Freedom of the City of London, and is an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. He is also the author of Glass Art and Peter Layton and Friends. A ceramics artist initially, Layton was introduced to Studio Glass by Tom McGlaughlin in the mid-’60s at the University of Iowa. While teaching in the U.S., he worked with Harvey Littleton and Marvin Lipofsky, and with Sam Herman, helping to build the first furnace at the Glasshouse in Covent Garden. Layton subsequently created his own studio at Morar in Scotland and established a glass department at Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University). In 1976, Layton opened the London Glassblowing Workshop. Its gallery has hosted international group shows, including a recent selection from the British Glass Biennale. Layton is known for his flair with color in blown work. His sculptural pieces are ambitious, often provocative, and occasionally subversive. In his blown work, he strives to achieve a form of controlled asymmetry. He develops his works by “sketching on the blowing iron,” in the belief that an understanding of the work is best achieved through making. He often finds inspiration from something observed while beachcombing or traveling.
Peter Layton served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors from June 2010 - March 2014.


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