Peter layton is one of the world’s most widely respected glass artists and he has done more to promote glassmaking as an art form than anyone else in europe. he has influenced, encouraged and nurtured several of this country’s leading glassmakers and has inspired many more internationally. born in prague and brought up in england. he studied ceramics at the central school of art and design, chancing upon glass blowing whilst teaching ceramics at the university of iowa. since returning to britain and establishing his studio, london glassblowing in 1976, he has played a major role in the development of this magical and versatile medium. A great advocate of collaborative working, peter has over the years acted as a mentor, training and co-operating with many other glassmakers. the london glassblowing studio is recognised for its innovative and experimental approach in producing unique pieces of contemporary freeblown glass in sculptural and functional forms. peter’s designs represent an adventure, an opportunity and a challenge to master form and colour, whilst allowing the fluidity of the glass to contribute its own qualities and characteristics. each piece is signed and many can be found in major public and private collections throughout the world.