Murano glass handmade in Venice might be the pinnacle of artistry in the craft in some circles, but here in London there’s one man synonymous with pushing the boundaries of the form. Celebrating the 40th anniversary of his business this year, Peter Layton has seen his London Glassblowing Studio & Gallery in Bermondsey flourish, becoming a showcase for his own and other artists’ works and a sanctuary for young apprentices keen to hone their skills.
The studio is open to complete novices, too – and those brave enough to take on the 1,100 degree Celsius furnaces can unleash their potential and create their own pieces under the expert tuition of Layton’s team on an experience day. From heating up the glass from its raw form and choosing your preferred combination of colours, to shaping (blowing if you’re feeling adventurous) your piece and cutting it off the rod, this is hands-on learning that is extremely exciting. What’s more, the pieces you create (expect to make three to four during the workshop) are yours to keep. Classes cost £475, a price that includes the use of all materials and equipment as well as lunch. Check online for the next available dates and book in advance to secure your place.