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layne rowe

"Complex, intricate and skilful..."

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meet layne rowe

Layne Rowe is an extremely gifted glass artist who has worked with Peter Layton for over 20 years, during which his approach to colour, form and surface pattern has evolved radically. Layne’s journey in glass began in 1994 during his degree course in 3D design at the University of Central Lancashire. On graduating he worked at London Glassblowing for a number of years before moving to Brazil where he set up a glass studio before rejoining Peter Layton.

Layne’s work has been widely exhibited around the world, notably in the V&A’s ‘Power of Making’ exhibition and at Collect at the Saatchi Gallery in 2013 and 2014.  During 2014 he showed alongside Grayson Perry and Alexander McQueen in “Subversive Design”, at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. In 2015 Layne won the Design Award Bavarian State Prize in the category for cane overlay technique.

About the Work

Layne’s ‘Woven Forms’ are inspired by the Devon coastline and have been evolving for several years. This series of work is a result of intricate layering of different pre-made coloured canes around a molten form that is twisted and, when cold, cut into with a diamond wheel, to reveal vibrant colours beneath the surface.

The effect is like water over precious stones or the rock with its glimmering colours beneath reflecting natural growth and corrosion.

‘I enjoy observing people’s reactions to my work, everything is up for interpretation, my work is diverse and complex and sometimes subversive. It invites you to look again and again.’

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