Layton, Peter (6 of 22) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts Lives

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  • Recording date

    2014-11-24, 2014-12-18, 2015-01-07, 2015-01-13, 2015-01-19, 2015-03-02, 2015-03-09, 2015-03-16, 2015-04-13

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    Interviewee’s home in Worcester Park and studio in London

  • Interviewees

    Layton, Peter, 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Cornford, Frances (speaker, female)

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    Part 6: Remarks on teachings of School of Economic Science (SES), mentions reading Eckhart Tolle more recently; practising meditation irregularly; SES advocating mindfulness. [08:34] PL spending summer of second year working for potter David Illingworth (DI) in Morar, Scottish Highlands. Other people at the pottery including Lottie Glob and sharing a bedroom with potter very interested in Ouspensky; PL learning from DI to appreciate simplicity. [17:42] Travelling to Iowa; PL and TS later getting married in Iowa. Long anecdote about meeting TS in New York. [28:37] Comments on Iowa City; remarks on friends the Hollisters and the Patricks. Comments on the ceramics department at University of Iowa; department in quonset huts with 24 hour access; pioneering atmosphere of department with students building kiln as big as they needed them; PL making interesting work. Students motivated and articulate. PL’s role as joint head of department; Pl organising departmental show. Comments on glassblowing course where PL badly burnt. [37:38] Description of PL narrowly missing serious injury and then badly burning hand; PL thinking that glass career over but hand healed and attracted back to the medium.

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