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London Glassblowing

showcasing the best talent from the uk and beyond

Live Studio

Watch the magic unfold!


Founded by Peter Layton in 1976, London Glassblowing is one of Europe’s most prominent studio glass galleries and longest running hot-glass studios.

Visitors can not only view pieces from the UK’s finest studio glass artists, but can also watch them practice their ancient craft in the hotworking studio that lies beyond its white walls. To the beat of a searing furnace, they coax molten glass, transforming the shapes of their imagination into solid form. It seems almost impossible that these glowing orbs can be related to the cool polished objects displayed in the adjoining gallery.

Our Cold Working Studio, where the blown work is finished, and where cut and polished pieces are made, is supported by the Foundation Alcea. We are extremely grateful for this assistance, which also provides training for up-and-coming artists.

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At the heart of the studio is a spirit of collaboration, which extends to the welcome shown to visitors who can come to watch.  There is limited glassblowing between approximately 1-2pm for lunch and the artists generally stop around 4.30pm. Admission is free. Owing to limited space in the viewing area, we are unable to accommodate large groups on an ad hoc basis.

meet the team

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Ann Layton

Ann is Peter's wife, and oversees the entire business in all its complexity. It is fair to say that much of our success as a gallery and studio over her time here can be attributed to Ann's vision, expertise and attention to detail.

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Gallery Manager

Gena Johns

Gena looks after the running of the gallery and ensuring that our events and exhibitions are highly successful in addition to managing our PR. Her keen eye for detail and organisation ensure everything runs like clockwork.

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Sales Manager

Sam Johnson

Often the first friendly face you see in the gallery, Sam looks after sales enquiries, and builds and maintains our corporate and hotel partnerships.

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Marketing and Communications Manager

Katie Angus

Katie manages our marketing, communications and social media. She has a keen eye for the design of our exhibition catalogues and website. She keeps you up to date with What's On at London Glassblowing.

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Gallery Assistant

Becky Smith

Becky helps handle everything from customer enquiries through to the sale and shipping of work, to preparation for our events and exhibitions. If you'd like to come on one of our experience days, Becky will be there to help you secure a place.

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The Gallery is now open

Our current opening hours are Thursday – Saturday, from 10am – 5pm.