Peter Layton is considered to be one of the world’s most widely respected studio glass artists, but started his formal art education in ceramics, studying first at Bradford Art College, and then London’s Central School of Art and Design, specializing in ceramics. In 1966, after finishing his studies in London, Layton accepted a job at the University of Iowa teaching in the ceramics department. While in Iowa, he was introduced to a revolutionary new hot glass technique a number of potters were experimenting in, and after attending one of their workshops, he was “hooked” on the new process and its potential as a contemporary new artform. He returned to Britain in 1969 and established his own small glass studio at Morar, Scotland. In 1976, he opened the London Glassblowing Workshop, and in 2009, moved his London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery to a much larger location in Bermondsey where he continues to work and oversee apprentices. His works have been sold world-wide with Elton John as one of his most notable customers.
This 8” tall vase, dated 1977, is one of Layton’s early pieces, done soon after opening his London Glassblowing Workshop. There is a subtle iridescence to the piece, with swaths of shades of brown on a mauve background. There are hints of soft pink and purple shades in the piece. There are several large bubbles and many small ones that add to the visual interest of the vase. The bubbles are part of the process of creating a hand-blown piece of art glass. A thin transparent coil is applied around the neck of the vase. It is faintly signed on the bottom. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or wear on the bottom.
This would be a wonderful addition to your art glass collection. This is one of many studio art glass pieces we have acquired; please disregard the tag on the bottom; they are inventory numbers from the estate. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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