Layton, Peter (9 of 22) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts Lives

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    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 9: [Session five: 19th January 2015] Comments on Morar; PL making a bread crock using sprigging; building a glass furnace at Morar. [07:08] Remarks on being a self-taught glassmaker; PL tending to make vessels rather than sculptural work; costs of running a studio. [13:04] People PL met through going to the RCA, mentions Peter Aldridge, Clifford Rainey, Jiri Suhajek , Shoji Hamada’s son, Sam Herman. PL lecturing on American ceramics at RCA, mentions impact of lecture on students such as Jacqui Poncelet and Alison Britton. Comments on Sam Herman (SH) encouraging PL’s interest in glass; SH introducing a more experimental way of working with glass and making contacts with factories in Belgium. SH persuading Graham Hughes at the Crafts Council to fund The Glasshouse, Core group at The Glasshouse including Dylan Clark, Annette Meech, David Williams, Chris Wilkinson, Steven Newell; Glasshouse operating as a studio for RCA graduates. PL having a major last ceramics show at Commonwealth Institute Gallery with TL and Canadian painter Peter [William] Kurelek; description of pieces made for show, mentions Richard de Marco visiting. [36:20] PL being asked to set up glass department at Hornsey and teaching with technician Al Thornton. Comments on leaving course; anecdote about a note pinned up in department. PL also teaching at Camberwell and John Cass, mentions teaching Julian Stair and lively staff including Jacqui Poncelet, Glenys Barton and Janice Tchalenko at Camberwell. [45:00] PL’s role at Camberwell. PL teaching handbuilding; PL’s methods of teaching and trying to help students find direction. [49:53] Remarks on US students as more experimental and motivated than UK students; PL feeling more constrained in UK. Comparison between SOFA and Collect as shows. [54:50] PL’s Commonwealth Institute show successful but PL moving in another direction. PL’s tendency to move on. Effect of recession; PL getting involved in architectural work. PL not having a concrete plan but discovering as goes along. [01:03:42] PL as not single-minded, compares self to TL; PL running studio like a kibbutz; studio run as a profit share. [01:08:14] Account of finding and setting up own studio. PL finding old towage works in Rotherhithe through Michael Murray; remarks on area. [01:19:08] Remarks on having confidence to do new things. Attraction of glass; appeal of speed of making glass.

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