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Welcome To The Studio

Established by Peter Layton in 1976, London Glassblowing was among the first hot-glass studios in Europe. The studio has a reputation as one of Europe’s leading glassmaking workshops with a particular flair for the use of colour, form and texture.

Peter Layton produces individual pieces of decorative glass in sculptural and functional forms. Each signed piece is free blown, permitting a greater degree of spontaneity and ensuring the individuality of each piece.

Visitors

Entry to the studio and gallery is free, and visitors will experience the heat and magic of the ancient craft of glassblowing while watching a gather of molten glass evolve into a thing of value and beauty. Simply come in, pull up a chair, and watch the masters in action. Please note that since we have a small viewing area we are unable to accommodate groups on an ad hoc basis. Also please note that there is generally limited glassblowing between 1-2pm and after 4.30pm. If you visit on a Saturday you can watch the artists creating their own artworks or teaching one of our beginners classes. Please note that, other than during our Open Houses, we are closed on Sundays.

Groups

We take one group viewing a month for a maximum of 8 people, and we ask for a £3 donation per person, which we give to the homeless charity, Crisis. Please contact our Gallery Assistant Amy for more information: amy@londonglassblowing.co.uk

The studio in numbers:

  • Founded in 1976 – one of Europe’s longest running hot glass studios
  • 10 resident artists – some of the finest talent in the UK
  • 1100°C – the furnace runs 24/7, 365 days a year and is the heart of the studio
  • 150kg – the approximate weight of molten glass within the furnace
  • 36 hours – how long it takes to cool the pieces in our annealing oven
  • 4 years – our glassmakers have all been extensively trained at college before joining us as junior assistants

Visiting the studio was an amazing part of our trip to London.

Dwayne-Carter Bennett, Florida, USA

Virtual Tour

Click and drag the image above to explore the studio space. If you’re viewing on a mobile, click the icon in the top right corner to go full screen.

It was such a pleasure to observe the creative process in the studio. Visiting London Glassblowing was the highlight of our trip to London!

Dianne Bonanno, Virginia, USA

Watch the creation of 'Burano' in the studio

Watch the beautiful short video below, created by director Leonardo Machado, showing Peter Layton and Elliot Walker working on a creation of a Peter Layton ‘Burano’ piece at the London Glassblowing Studio.

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Meet the studio team

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