London Glassblowing, one of Europe’s foremost glass art galleries, has announced an exclusive showcase titled Colour and Light.
This comprises a stunning collection of work by the engraver Alison Kinnaird, one of the world’s leading glass artists and will display a diverse body of her work much of which has never been shown in England.
Kinnaird’s work in glass ranges from small intimate pieces to large scale architectural installations incorporating colour and light. She has artworks in many public, private and indeed royal collections, throughout Europe, America and the Far East and is also among the world’s leading exponents of the Celtic Harp.
As the recipient of numerous awards and the winner of many international competitions, her creative contribution was acknowledged in 1997, with an MBE for services to art and music.
Founder of London Glassblowing, Peter Layton, began his professional life as a ceramicist, having studied at the Central School of Art and Design under the likes of Ruth Duckworth and Gordon Baldwin, before travelling to the USA and teaching in the ceramics department of the University of Iowa. By coincidence, Harvey Littleton and a number of other potters were experimenting with new hot glass techniques there at the time, and he was smitten with the new material and its magical processes.
Nowadays the hot glass studio consists of Layton, who at the age of 85 remains extraordinarily active, as well as his resident artists – some of the nation’s leading names in glass such as Louis Thompson, Bruce Marks, Liam Reeves and Tim Rawlinson. Together they create masterpieces situated beyond the gallery, in view of the visiting public.
The studio is available for bespoke private, corporate or public commissions. Each one is given careful and comprehensive consideration to provide unique and inspired solutions to any given brief. These may be freeblown, hotworked in solid glass, or moulded and kilnformed as required, in consultation with the client.
Entry to the studio and gallery is free and visitors can watch the artists at work. Colour and Light runs from 9th September-1st October 2022. For more information, visit www.londonglassblowing.co.uk