Large Glass Ornaments Green ‘Paradiso’ Sailform by Peter Layton
Large glass ornaments from Peter’s flagship series ‘Paradiso’ use a sculptural approach to vessel making. This large green sailform is punctuated by bold and opaque colours on a backdrop of ocean green. The serenity of the canvas and the vivid and strong bands of colour are woven together to form a pattern work that is entirely unique. The ‘Paradiso’ series is inspired by Hockney and Hodgkin, the free sculptural approach ensuring that no two vessels are ever the same.
This piece is a magnificent example of the large glass ornaments from the ‘Paradiso’ range. Its shape is favoured by many, the balance between opaque and transparent is truly ravishing. Ideally, this should be displayed in natural daylight, the impact of the warm red and orange responding to the light. A significant piece by the artist, feel the warmth climb gently upwards and around the shape, the orange bands taking on the appearance of flames rising from a red hot fire.
N.B. Peter Layton personally signs each unique, hand-blown piece.
Large 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 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.
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 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. From the furnace of his city studio comes this blown glass gift and many more from the ‘Paradiso’ series