Layton, Peter (12 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 12: Comments on development of work; doing work in black and white after a visit to Japan; series called Kimono. Going to trade show in Japan with Colin Reid. [06:58] Travel as an inspiration; making series called Reef after trip to Australia; designs as evolving over years. Glass taking on Monet-like quality for a phase. PL working in a painterly way for last few years. Series inspired by visit to Petra. Development of ideas; PL making notes and drawings to convey ideas to colleagues; doing colour tests; description of applying colour for Mirage series. [14:32] Remarks on controlling design; PL not wanting pieces to be alike; PL liking unexpected and unpredictable; PL injecting element of surprise into work; PL liking happy accidents. PL sketching on blowing iron; making many pieces. Comments on evolution of PL’s series Floral initially inspired by print of anemones. Remarks on series Chalcedony evolving into Ariel series. Howard Hodgkin paintings inspiring Paradiso series. Changes in series over time.

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