Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied ceramics at the Central School
of Art and Design in London under some of the foremost potters of the day. He chanced upon
glassblowing while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa and since returning to Britain
has been continuously at the forefront in promoting this magic and versatile medium.
In the early 70's Peter Layton was instrumental together with Sam Herman, in setting up the
Glasshouse in Covent Garden. He subsequently established his own small glass studio at his
pottery at Morar in the Highlands of Scotland, a Glass Department at Hornsey College of Art
(Middlesex University) and in 1976, the London Glassblowing Workshop in an old towage works
on the Thames at Rotherhithe.
Following the demise of British Artists in Glass, Peter initiated the now thriving
Contemporary Glass Society (CGS), becoming its first chairperson.
In 2003 Peter was awarded honorary life membership of CGS.
In December 2003 Peter Layton was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the
University of Bradford, in recognition of his major contribution in the Arts & Crafts. The award
represents a return to familiar territory for Peter, who was educated at Bellevue School in
Bradford and at Bradford