Layton, Peter (14 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 14: Continuing comments on colour; sourcing colours; different types of glass, explanation of long working glass. Making helmets for artist Robin Rhodes. Different ways of colouring glass – in-glass and applied colours. [09:35] Way PL applies colour to own pieces; description of applying colour by casing. Description of trailing colour. [16:09] Explanation of the marver; further description of trailing. [18:40] Remarks on communication between maker and assistant. PL’s love of the happy accident. Description of making pieces for Vetro using marvering and the pucella; PL transferring pieces between puntys. PL’s techniques allowing for huge variations in colour. PL working on variations on a theme. PL giving instructions to studio manager BM for experiment when he isn’t in studio. PL having many test pieces in studio. [29:39] Comments on making judgements about which tests to pursue. PL’s desire to move on and make new things; PL liking tests. Variations in Burano pieces. [36:00] Comments on personal life; problems with TS’s pregnancies; TS’s career as a painter; TS obsessed with Les Enfants du Paradis and getting involved in mime; TS part of mime troupe called Three Women. TS and PL splitting up; PL teaching ceramics but trying to set up studio on a shoestring; switching furnace on and off to save money. [47:15] PL and TS living in Brixton; PL then borrowing flat in Rotherhithe; PL buying small house in Denmark Hill. [52:24] Meeting Ann (AL) at an EST training workshop; Ann’s background; having two children Sophie and Ben; caught in negative equity in 90s recession; selling house in West Dulwich and downsizing to Forest Hill; discovering Sophie was dyslexic and moving to Kent to be near a school, Bodiam Manor, that dealt with dyslexia.

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