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Refined Elements

Featured Artist: Layne Rowe

3 - 12 May

Refined Elements

Featured Artist: Layne Rowe

3 - 12 May

Solace, Layne Rowe

Refined Elements

Featured Artist: Layne Rowe

3 - 12 May

White Woven Panicle, Layne Rowe

Refined Elements

03.05.19 - 12.05.19

We are excited to present Refined Elements, a showcase of work by glass artist, Layne Rowe, coinciding with our Spring Open House in the gallery and the studio’s participation in London Craft Week.

Layne Rowe is a gifted and experienced glass artist who has had studios in Brazil, Hertfordshire and most currently near Cambridge.  His work has been exhibited internationally, notably at the V&A’s Power of Making alongside Grayson Perry at Brighton Pavillion, and Lino Tagliapietra at the Ebletoft Glass Museum in Denmark.

Layne has developed a taste for experimental glass art. Playing with the vulnerabilities of the material, in Layne’s own words “some mistakes can create the greatest pieces .”

He has worked with Peter Layton for over 25 years, assisting him in the creation of many of his classic series while continuing to develop his own work in which his approach to colour, form and surface pattern has evolved radically.  His woven forms result from the skilful layering and cutting of coloured canes and comprise patterns and textures of extraordinary complexity. These demand the close attention of the discerning viewer to discover the subtlety of their intricate detail comparable to the finest fabrics or basketry.   

 

Join Layne for Live Glassblowing Demonstrations on Saturday 11 May at 11am, 2pm and 4pm, in our studio. Please RSVP if you are interested in attending one of the demonstrations to gallery@londonglassblowing.co.uk. If you are unable to make the demonstrations, then no need to worry, we will be live streaming on our facebook page.

Refined Elements will display a selection of Layne’s most acclaimed work with outstanding detail and precision. He has often been described as the ‘Master of Cane Work’ which is no surprise when observing the exceptional execution of work in this exhibition.  Layne will be showcasing two masterful set of wings, named ‘Solace’. Although the work is intricate and highly detailed, one set of black wings spans 5.5ft wide. Each feather is individually made by hot sculpting; the fine cane work representing the delicacy and complexity of a feather. Watch “Out Of The Furnance” by Heist Films below to learn more about Layne’s work.

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Layne’s signature style, his obsession with the detail found in nature, is influenced by his love of the natural landscapes and forms on the Devon coastline, the inspiration behind his ‘Woven Forms’. The artist has an appreciation for the preciousness and fragility of glass, which he uses to explore even the finest details.

His most recent odyssey exploits the most delicate latticino techniques, in exploring the exquisite lightness and beauty of feathers.  Childhood memories of his family’s racing pigeons, of their release and flight, often alongside their car on the journey home, are key to his abiding passion for birds.   Early memories of wishing that he himself could fly, arms wide open, eyes closed, willing his feet to leave the ground have inspired his interest in tales of ancient fantasy and legend, of mythological beings, such as angels, fairies, dragons and the symbolism of Pegasus, Icarus and Daedalus.   Imagine the soaring power of flight, the sense of freedom and vision that it would grant. Time’s winged chariot waits for no man, but Layne’s joyful winged sculptures lighten the spirit.

Woven Forms

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Quill and Ink

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Pure Intentions

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Love Love

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Gallery Display

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Layne working the studio

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  • Layne Rowe and Peter Layton   WP
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"All my work begins life as an experiment, and some of the mistakes can become the greatest pieces. I enjoy expressing the vulnerability of the material - it's beautiful, precious and fragile. Maybe the glass suits me, and I suit the glass."

Layne Rowe

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