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.
In 1969 Sam Herman conceived and set up the Glasshouse in Covent Garden. Peter Layton helped build the first furnace there and was involved in its beginnings. He subsequently established his own small glass studio at his pottery at Morar in the Highlands of Scotland, a Glass Department at Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University) and in 1976, the London Glassblowing Workshop in an old towage works on the Thames at Rotherhithe.
Following the demise of British Artists in Glass, Peter initiated the now thriving Contemporary Glass Society (CGS), becoming its first chairperson.
In 2003 Peter was awarded honorary life membership of CGS.
In December 2003 Peter Layton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Bradford, in recognition of his major contribution in the Arts& Crafts.
The award represents a return to familiar territory for Peter, who was educated at Bellevue School in Bradford and at Bradford College of Art.
He has most recently been granted the Freedom of the City of London, and has been made an Honorary Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers.
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