Layton, Peter (10 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)

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    Cornford, Frances (speaker, female)

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    Part 10: Description of equipment bought and built for the workshop; first pieces made; exhibiting at Jacksons of Piccadilly. [12:01] PL’s studio just started in time for hot glass conference in 1976; PL having solo show at Camden Arts Centre as part of conference. Importance of conference in bringing people together from around the world; importance of discovering glass makers from Czechoslovakia, mentions Libensky. Littleton, Lipofsky, Chihuly as all at conference. Anecdote about Libensky’s encouragement on seeing PL’s work. PL invited to triennial conferences in Novy Bor in 1982, 1985, 1988. [19:10] PL a founder member of British Artists in Glass (BAG). Remarks on role of John Cook who set up glass department at Leicester University. Remarks on setting up BAG. [24:00] BAG annual conferences; inviting people over like hot casting expert Howard Ben Tre; explanation of hot and kiln casting. PL preferring immediacy of blowing. [28:46] Selling work; persuading Pan Henry to try selling glass; PL coming up with idea of iridising glass so that could show it without special lighting; PL interested in Tiffany and experimenting. PL working for exhibition in Scottish Crafts Gallery in Morar and persuading friend Victor to come to Scotland to help; PL, Victor and student Norman Stuart Clarke (NC) as original founders of workshop. PL and NC discovering iridised electric blue which made studio’s name. Inspiration of beachcombing. [37:40] Experiments to make iridised glass; using powders from Klaus Kugler in Augsburg; developing techniques to produce iridisation; instructions on iridisation, mentions Frederick Carder. Comments on developing asymmetrical forms by putting punty off-centre; developing pebble and shell forms. [46:08] Excitement of achieving electric blue iridisation. Long description of piece with iridescent blue made in 1984 as part of the Forest Floor series; where glass comes from; melting glass; gathering glass; PL’s interest in tactile qualities of glass; PL moving from iridising with etching using sugar acid. [01:17:39] Continued description of piece; dimensions; applying colour; achieving iridised effect; annealing. [01:39:50] Selling piece; selling through galleries in Germany, France and Holland.. Reception of iridised glass pieces. Comments on length of time glass stays on punty. PL liking to try different things.

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