London Glassblowing is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year and to mark the date are holding Past & Present, an exhibition featuring work created by 26 of the country’s leading glassblowers, all of whom have worked at the studio in Bermondsey.
London Glassblowing is one of Europe’s longest surviving studios and its longevity is largely down to the boundless energy of its founder and owner Peter Layton – one of the world’s most respected glassblowers. While rising energy costs have seen glassblowing studios close across the country and the whole of Europe, the furnaces at London Glassblowing are still roaring.
Peter is celebrating his 75th birthday in June this year, and is as enthusiastic and passionate as ever in his pursuit of colour, form, and texture. That, and his ability to nurture developing talent, has kept the work at London Glassblowing fresh, exciting, and continually evolving. A strong use of colour and free organic forms make Peter’s own work keenly collected and instantly recognisable.
The Past & Present exhibition showcases the work of Peter’s team alongside many of his former colleagues including Anna Dickinson, Karen Lawrence, Yoshika Okada, Richard Price and Sabrina Cant.
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, the lead image is a detail of Olympic Dreams by Louis Thompson.