Crafts

Layton, Peter (8 of 22) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:52:49

  • Shelf mark

    C960/133

  • 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

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee’s home in Worcester Park and studio in London

  • Interviewees

    Layton, Peter, 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Cornford, Frances (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 8: Comments on burning hand. PL getting to know Marvin Lipofsky (ML) and teaching assistants Paula Bartley [Bartron] and Dick Marquis and playing around with glass; PL encouraging glass, inviting ML to Sacramento and Davis and HL to Chicago. [4:01] Remarks on ML. PL lecturing at University of Wisconsin. PL’s concern about namedropping. Anecdote about meeting Michael Cardew at University of Wisconsin as fellow guest lecturer; Cardew as an inspiring character; people of Cardew’s generation as having impressive energy and focus, mentions Stabenhagen in Mexico City and grandfather VH. [14:00] Comment on HL and early glass artists who switched from ceramics to glass; HL as great champion of glass, getting people on board, mentions Buchner, Eisch, Finlenberg , Sybrem Valkema in Holland, Sam Herman; symposia on glass in 1980s and sense of sharing; ML as difficult but key figure in glass art movement. [20:39] PL’s work in glass as not developing as busy with other things; PL enjoying teaching in US. Comments on decision to go back to UK. PL applying for lots of jobs; PL going round art schools lecturing on US ceramics. PL meeting David Queensberry (DQ) in Mexico and giving him negatives for an exhibition. PL lecturing at RCA and invited by DQ to come into ceramics department; PL getting to know Sam Herman and invited to come and experiment in glass dept. PL invited to teach at Stoke-on-Trent as a result of lectures; PL and TS staying in Stoke two days a week. [31:54] PL finding UK difficult to come back to; feeling freer abroad. PL and TS touring country on return to UK and finding Morar pottery derelict; negotiating to take it over with local aristocrats, Sterling family; beauty of Morar. PL taking students up to make pots in summer; making pots for brother-in-law’s kitchen shop Divertimenti; making functional ware, mentions Mike Jordan and Peter Cook from Harrow School coming to Morar; PL making salt glaze ware which was unusual at time; PL having done Central theses on salt glaze ware. PL also building small glass furnace and running summer school one summer; exhaustion of running summer school. Problems of having Morar. [41:16] PL and TS living in studio next to Battersea Park. Comments on other tenants of studios. Finding studio through friend of TS’s Clodagh Haldare. TS painting and teaching for Mike Brown at Hammersmith. PL teaching in various places and not having time to make. PL having work shown at British Crafts Centre. PL making pots at Morar, mentions making bread crock. Lady Sterling encouraging Scottish crafts with shops, including craft centre at Morar with training facilities for ex-servicemen; PL’s summer school including weekend on glass blowing. PL also getting place in a studio in London with others including Mike and Jenny Brown, Winston Branch. PL not feeling inspired by clay. Helping Sam Herman set up Glasshouse but not getting job of manager; PL starting to look for own studio.

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