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Established by Peter Layton in 1976, London Glassblowing was among the first hot-glass studios in Europe. Self-taught as a glassmaker, Peter Layton’s work is organic and tactile, striving to achieve a form of controlled asymmetry. His series evolve by ‘sketching on the blowing iron’ in the belief that an understanding of the work is best achieved through making. An inveterate beachcomber, his work is often drawn from some aspect of nature or something observed while travelling.

Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magical and versatile medium. He established his own small glass studio at his pottery at Morar in the Highlands of Scotland, a Glass Department at Hornsey College of Art (Middlesex University) and in 1976, the London Glassblowing Workshop in an old towage works on the Thames at Rotherhithe.