Layton, Peter (16 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 16: [Session eight; 16th March 2015] Comments on leaving Rotherhithe for studio in the Leathermarket; Michael Murray as running Rotherhithe complex who started Clerkenwell workshops, now Craft Central. Other people in Rotherhithe, mentions Martin Smith. [12:09] Space at Leathermarket; other companies at the Leathermarket; being allowed leeway with rent. [17:36] Steady development of work. Reputation made by iridising; mentions Nikki Osborne and Richard Golding setting up Okra glass using iridising. PL starting to make transparent glass at the Leathermarket; PL’s previous concern with tactile qualities of glass; PL developing colour qualities and working with thicker glass with colour suspended in clear glass. Influence of painters on PL’s work. Remarks on evolution of interest in transparent qualities of glass. [28:16] Comments on development of stone forms: working on shell forms, mentions indirect influence of Dale Chihuly’s: move toward pebble forms; standing flattened pebble forms up; interest in lingam forms seen in India; liking asymmetry of flattened pieces. [38:53] Detailed description of making an early stone form. [44:47] PL keeping back pieces for reference, mentions samples from Tahiti series; differences between stone forms. PL currently developing Burano pieces.

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