Decorative Glass Ornament ‘Shibori’ Medium Stoneform by Peter Layton


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L: 16cm x D: 7cm x H: 17cm
1.6 kg

Decorative Glass Ornament ‘Shibori’ Medium Stoneform by Peter Layton

Peter’s inspiration for this wonderfully decorative glass ornament was on a visit to Japan, seeing the ancient method of tie-dying fabric. With its deep indigo hues, it was a very popular fabric from the 8th century onwards.

Peter went home to his studio and began to experiment with both the technique and the palette of colours to create his very own ‘Shibori’ range. He found that a rich orange blended well with the indigo to coalesce into the piece before you.

At 17 cm tall, this piece is perfect for adding interest to a window sill, shelf or side table, and its alternating slices will draw admiring looks from all those that clasp eyes on this historic homage to ‘Shibori’ textile production.

Decorative Glass Ornament 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 a 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 and worked 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. From his London studio, Peter produces the great blown glass vase from the ‘Shibori’ series.

Weight 1.6 kg
Dimensions 16 × 7 × 17 cm


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