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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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Director

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 and curating the gallery. 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. Sam also takes care of our partner galleries, throughout the UK, which sell Peter Layton's work.

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Marketing and Communications Manager

James Asady

James manages our marketing, communications and social media. He has a keen eye for the design of our exhibition catalogues and website, alongside keeping you up to date with all things London Glassblowing.

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Gallery Sales Coordinator

Becky Smith

Becky helps handle everything from customer enquiries through to the sale and shipping of work, to preparation for our events and exhibitions. She also maintains and optimises the gallery's website, ensuring that you receive the best possible experience both in our gallery and online.

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Sales and Events Coordinator

Sophie Layton

Sophie, a practising artist herself, will keep you up to date with the latest work exhibited in our gallery. She coordinates and presents our successful and informative Zoom Artist Talks - soon to be augmented by a live audience.

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Gallery Sales Coordinator

Isabel Gilchrist

Isabel is our newest Gallery Assistant at London Glassblowing. Working closely with our clientele, she is happy to help with all customer enquiries. She imparts knowledge of our collections and artists with enthusiasm and a welcoming smile.

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