Hand Crafted Glass Ornaments ‘Green Paradiso’ Stoneform by Peter Layton
Hand crafted glass ornaments from the ‘Paradiso’ series by Peter Layton use a flattened form for the canvas, vivid and gestural colours bringing the pieces alive.
His sculptural approach to vessel making an ocean backdrop combine serenity with bold patterning to perfection.
The pattern of this organic stoneform is entirely unique, the bands of colours weaving together and encompassing this stunning piece.
The green ‘Paradiso’ medium organic stoneform represents the spontaneity of the artist. This particular one of Peter Layt0n’s handcrafted glass ornaments uses the flow of the pattern to direct the final shape of the vessel.
With an incredible sense of movement, the stoneform combines the golden sands of the desert with the turquoise of the deep ocean beyond.
With a thick band of red moving across the centre of the vessel, the ocean becomes divided from the sand, a serene representation of the contrasting elements of planet earth.
Hand Crafted Glass Ornaments 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 an almost 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 Pathologist grandfather who took him to art exhibitions and concerts.
At school in Bradford, his talent for art was encouraged and he became good friends with David Hockney. Peter went on to Bradford Technical College to study textiles and made a living in between classes working in the rag trade. 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 and continued his ceramic studies at the Central School of Art in London.
While subsequently teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa in America for three years, 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 tried to improve his skills of glass artistry, but glass has always had a touch of secretive alchemy about it, ever since the Venetians kept glass artists captive on the Island of Murano.
After an initial explosion and a badly burnt hand, Peter nearly gave up glass blowing for good. Thankfully, he persevered and set up his own Studio and Gallery in 1976, which is now one of the world’s foremost glassmaking centres; bang in the middle of London town. Hand crafted glass ornaments are just some of the magnificent works of art from Peter Layton Glass Artist.