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A Kind of Magic

5 - 27 August

New 'Jazz' Collection to be released for Peter Layton's solo show

Peter Layton – A Kind of Magic

05.08.22 - 27.08.22

Peter Layton’s Solo Shows have become an annual and much anticipated event in the London Glassblowing calendar. This year, as he turns 85, we are celebrating his irrepressible energy and creativity with an exhibition titled ‘A Kind of Magic’. His work goes from strength to strength, so don’t miss seeing the eye-popping colours of this vibrant new collections.

 

This exhibition includes a new collection of work called Jazz which revels in the improvisational and playful nature of its making. In part inspired by African fabrics, Jazz imparts a joyful energy and in this auspicious time of the Jubilee and the International Year of Glass, lends a jubilant character to this exhibition.

“My intention is to show a number of groups which when seen together will tell a story, and where each piece explores some aspect of the core theme. A red, white and blue group is self explanatory in this year of jubilation. The blue and yellow pieces speak of a very different reality and a donation will be made from the sale of each of these pieces as part of our support for Ukrainian resistance to the invasion of their country.

In an effort to create a physical timeline, I am also including several pieces that are significant markers in my career in glass, and which highlight aspects of my practice over the years.”

New 'Jazz' Collection

A selection of vibrant new collections by Peter Layton to be released

A selection of vibrant new collections by Peter Layton to be released

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Abacus - Peter enjoyed using Corian as a coloured material he could use as a frame for his Abacus pieces. Its smooth surface contrasts with his coloured ‘beads’; in this example black and white ‘beads’ move and rotate and can be rearranged to create new compositions within the green frame. The Abacus pieces combine Peter’s passion for colour with his fascination for enabling the viewer to reconfigure the piece as desired.

Abacus - Peter enjoyed using Corian as a coloured material he could use as a frame for his Abacus pieces. Its smooth surface contrasts with his coloured ‘beads’; in this example black and white ‘beads’ move and rotate and can be rearranged to create new compositions within the green frame. The Abacus pieces combine Peter’s passion for colour with his fascination for enabling the viewer to reconfigure the piece as desired.

Chess Set - Originally commissioned by a private client, this was the first of three chess sets by Peter Layton. Each set is totally unique, the pieces are hot sculpted on the blowing iron and the board beautifully crafted in goatskin and vellum.

Chess Set - Originally commissioned by a private client, this was the first of three chess sets by Peter Layton. Each set is totally unique, the pieces are hot sculpted on the blowing iron and the board beautifully crafted in goatskin and vellum.

Mountain with Clouds - "A few years ago I was invited on a residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass near Seattle, the mecca of glass. I arrived full of ideas, but on opening the curtains on my first morning, I was blown away by the sight of a magnificent Mount Rainier crowned in clouds. I abandoned my plans and set about creating a group of mountain sculptures. Never too old to learn something new, these were blown into wet paper moulds to control their form and enhance their surface texture" - Peter Layton

Mountain with Clouds - "A few years ago I was invited on a residency at the Tacoma Museum of Glass near Seattle, the mecca of glass. I arrived full of ideas, but on opening the curtains on my first morning, I was blown away by the sight of a magnificent Mount Rainier crowned in clouds. I abandoned my plans and set about creating a group of mountain sculptures. Never too old to learn something new, these were blown into wet paper moulds to control their form and enhance their surface texture" - Peter Layton

One of two glass and steel sculptures in this format. The glass poppies are attached to the steel element magnetically and can therefore be rearranged. Some versions contain more poppy forms, both front and back. The poppy is an international symbol that celebrates the lives of the men and women lost in fighting wars. In Afghanistan, it is made particularly poignant because the opium trade is a key factor in funding hostile action.

One of two glass and steel sculptures in this format. The glass poppies are attached to the steel element magnetically and can therefore be rearranged. Some versions contain more poppy forms, both front and back. The poppy is an international symbol that celebrates the lives of the men and women lost in fighting wars. In Afghanistan, it is made particularly poignant because the opium trade is a key factor in funding hostile action.

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