Layton, Peter (22 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 22: Characteristics of PL’s work; taking a sculptural and painterly approach; making stone forms; recent work inspired by painters, mentions Howard Hodgkin as an inspiration for Paradiso series, floral series inspired by Lillian Delavoryas. Monet as a current preoccupation as commissioned by National Gallery to produce work to go with their Monet show. Doing pieces based on Arrival of Spring for the Royal Academy. [07:35] PL’s work having organic, gestural quality; PL thinking originally that expressionistic but now think of himself as more impressionistic. Seeing echoes of Georgia O Keefe and Klimt in work. Feelings on career so far; wish to have done more large ground-breaking pieces. Knowledge that PL’s vessels have given people pleasure; PL not wanting to do anything else. PL pleased with quality of work , mentions admiring Colin Reid for pursuing a narrower path. Thoughts on future of work. Hopes that work will be appreciated for vitality and breadth of vision. [15:42] Immediate future including Collect; taking work to Biennale; mixed media show called Synergy . 40th anniversary of studio next year and PL’s 80th birthday the year after to be celebrated by new book and exhibition. PL planning to go on working as long as he can. PL as liking to travel and having recently been to India. Comments on future of London Glassblowing. Thoughts on future of glass as a medium; interior design as becoming more colourful which suits PL’s work. Remarks on process of interview.

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