Teardrop Ornaments Green ‘Paradiso’ Large Wide Dropper
Teardrop ornaments from the green ‘Paradiso’ series are curvaceous and stunning. The voluptuous form of this large wide dropper is exceptional, the art form being wider than it is tall. The weight of the ‘tear’ beautifully weighs down this piece, the broad dimensions accentuating the bands of vibrant colours. Imagine the desert meeting the ocean at sunset and you will find your mind drifting off into its very own paradise. The red, peach, and gold bring warmth and exuberance to this elegant yet large piece.
A magnificent band of red encompassed the entirety of this green ‘Paradiso’ dropper. Like all his teardrop ornaments, the large wide dropper is entirely unique. The serenity of the background canvas further accentuates Peter’s clever use of colour in this piece. Bold, vibrant, and sumptuous, this wide dropper can represent a tear, a dewdrop, or a raindrop landing by the ocean on the golden sands.
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.
Teardrop 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. The turquoise handcrafted glass stoneform is just one of dozen of spectacular glassworks that come out of Peter’s London studio.