Hand Blown Glass Platters ‘Meconopsis’ by Peter Layton
A customer visiting London Glassblowing introduced Peter Layton to the Meconopsis – a beautiful Himalayan variety of poppy. That meeting resulted in these stunning hand blown glass platters. Peter’s meticulous attention to detail is clear to see – the centres, the colour fading, the veining and of shape.
Whether you choose the large or small size, these hand blown glass platters will add a dazzling bolt of cobalt colour to any space. The ruffled edges of these decorative platters give a real sense of delicate movement and rustling of the petals.
N.B. this image is an example of ones in the series. Each piece is unique and is hand blown and personally signed by Peter Layton.
Hand Blown Glass Platters Artist
It is hard to know where to start when you are beginning the biography of an internationally-renowned, living legend.
When Boha set up in 2010, Peter Layton’s name 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 discovered his love of the Arts partly thanks to his 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 also made a living working in the rag trade. He then did his stint of National Service, followed by a year on a kibbutz. He then linked back up with Hockney at Bradford College of Art.
Here he abandoned textiles and painting in favour of ceramics. He went on to study ceramics at the Central School of Art in London.
While teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa 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. 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 is now one of the world’s foremost glassmaking centres; bang in the middle of London town.