Unique Vase ‘Kline Black Wide Open Vase’ by Peter Layton
This Peter Layton unique vase is truly magnificent. This extra large wide open vase within the Kline Black series is no exception. Striking, thick lines of black lie around the vase. The white has speckles of black such as that left behind from a brushstroke. A commanding piece that will preside well, in a light airy space for all to admire
In the Kline series, Peter views his glass form as a canvas, awaiting gesture and colour. Emulating Franz Kline’s technique on glass. Peter seeks not to replicate but present a more sculptural and painterly perspective.
N.B. Peter Layton personally signs all his unique vase collection, as with all of his work.
Unique Vase 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.