19.04.19 - 12.05.19
In October 2018, Peter and Ann Layton took part in a tour in Borneo with orangutan vet Nigel Hicks, and his wife, glass artist Sara Fell.
Nigel and Sara, having devoted ten years of their practice to saving orangutans, started a charity called OVAID, whose mission is to raise awareness of the plight of these critically endangered apes, and to provide essential medical equipment for a number of orangutan rescue centres in Indonesia and Sumatra. Taking part in such a rewarding trip allowed Ann and Peter to contribute to this incredibly worthwhile work.
In December 2018, London Glassblowing adopted Gito, an orphan orangutan rescued in an appalling condition in 2015 by International Animal Rescue. As an integral part of the vet team, OVAID spent many weeks giving him one-to-one care including physiotherapy, and gentle care for his skin condition. With much compassion and dedication, Gito’s physical and mental health improved dramatically, and he attended Baby Orangutan School where he was able to explore the forest with his new friends.
Gito has now become strong and determined, and will one day return permanently to the wild. Peter has developed a new series, Gito, named after the little orangutan, and London Glassblowing will donate 20% of all proceeds from this series to OVAID on a continuing basis.
The pieces will be launched in the gallery as part of the Spring Open House from the 3 – 12 May. They are available to purchase online as of the 19 April.
We love the Gito series, it's totally magical how Peter has captured the flash of auburn travelling through the rainforest canopy. They are stunning pieces which truly represent orangutans' peaceful presence and majestic movement.
Sara Fell, OVAID Veterinary Nurse
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