Blown Glass Vessels Green ‘Paradiso’ Large Dropper by Peter Layton
Blown glass vessels from the green ‘Paradiso’ series such as this large dropper are outstanding examples of the quality of Peter Layton’s work. The sculptural approach taken when producing the ‘Paradiso’ series allows for vivid bands of colour to be produced on the flattened canvas form. Inspired by Hockney and Hodgkin, the ‘Paradiso’ range of vessels has become a flagship series for Layton.
Blown glass vessels from the green ‘Paradiso’ range combine the serenity of the ocean as a backdrop with the addition of rich bands of bold gold, peach, and red. The lively bands of colour work here together beautifully with a more delicate and feathery cream-colured aura. The complex patterns of each of Peter’s vessels take on their own life, and this superb dropper is no exception. Unpredictable and powerful, the vessel combines liquid and solid lifeforms, as the ocean and the land meet together in perfect harmony.
N.B. this image is an example of the ones in this series. Each piece is unique and is hand blown and personally signed by Peter Layton.
Blown Glass Vessels Artist
It is hard to know where to start when you are beginning the biography of an internationally-renowned, living legend. When Boha Glass set up virtual shop in 2010, Peter Layton was one of those names that rang in your ear with a hallowed tone. Since first seeing his undulating, reef-coloured glass artistry we have been smitten, like love-struck teenagers.
Peter was born in Prague in 1937, but his family settled in Bradford after fleeing the Nazis when Peter was just two years old. He grew up in West Yorkshire and discovered his love of the Arts, in part, thanks to his grandfather.
His school encouraged his talent for art and he became good friends with David Hockney. Peter went on to Bradford Technical College to study textiles whilst working in the rag trade between classes. He then did his stint of National Service, followed by a year on a kibbutz, before linking back up with Hockney at Bradford College of Art.
Here he abandoned textiles and painting in favour of ceramics at the Central School of Art in London. However, whilst teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa, Peter fell in love with the medium of glass. While teaching there he met an acquaintance of the pioneering Studio Glass artist Harvey Littleton. Peter improved his skills of glass artistry, however after an initial explosion and a badly burnt hand, Peter nearly gave up glass blowing for good. Thankfully, he persevered and set up the London Glassblowing Studio and Gallery in 1976. This studio is now one of the world’s foremost glassmaking centres; bang in the middle of London. It is here, right in the heart of the city that Peter Layton produces these magnificent blown glass vessels from the green ‘Paradiso’ series.