Homegirl London’s Shop Snoop: London Glassblowing. This Bermondsey gallery and studio is a homage to contemporary glass art set up by Peter Layton. If you’re a glass collector, a lover of glass art or you want to see glassblowers at work, and you must visit the London Glassblowing Gallery.
Work by Ruth Shelley
London Glassblowing Glass Art
This gallery displays beautiful contemporary glass art. Take time to browse and admire each piece in detail. You will see a wide selection of decorative glass by Peter Layton who is the gallery and studio founder. Peter’s glass art is stunning, vibrant and colourful with painterly patterns and striking shapes. His passion for glass blowing is infectious, and he has passed on his skills to new talent to ensure this tradition continues.
Work by Peter Layton
When I visited the gallery last week, I loved everything on display, and if I could afford it I would have bought the lot! The great news is that they have the Own Art Scheme where you can spread payments interest-free over ten months. I’ll mention a few of the glass artists and their work to give you an idea of what to expect. The Jochen Ott ‘Halcyon’ piece was fabulous. Taking inspiration from naturally textured formations, this cast optical glass has been cut and polished to perfection. This was priced at £5250.
Work by Jochen Ott
James Alexander is known for using glass canvas for his abstract sceneries such as the erosion of the coastal area where he grew up. The ’Metamorphic’ series of vases are created from free-blown glass. Prices range from £1450-2750.
Work by James Alexander
Bruce Marks has worked with Peter Layton since 2001 and is now Peter’s principal colourist. Bruce creates sculptural glass with an African influence. His ‘Birds’ series alludes to bird shapes which are beautiful and straightforward. These come in a range of colours. The price is around £1600 with some a little cheaper.
Work by Bruce Marks
Watch the Glassblowers at the London Glassblowing Gallery
What’s great about visiting this gallery is that you can see the glassblowers in action. Towards the back, you will see a studio which is open to the public. Glassblowing usually stops between 1 pm until 2 pm for lunch and 4.30 pm onwards so do bear that in mind. The viewing area is limited space-wise, so you may need to wait your turn, but it’s well worth it! The studio was established by Peter Layton back in 1976 and is highly regarded amongst Europe’s glassmaking community. Today, ten resident artists work at this studio. If you want to take a glassblowing class, a full day of training costs £475.
London Glassblowing Gallery Information
To find out more, go to the London Glassblowing Website. The address is 62-66 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UD. The closest tube and train station is London Bridge. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 10 am until 6 pm except for bank holidays when they are closed. They do open on a few Sundays throughout the year for special events. Make sure you pop in next time you’re passing. Read my Ten Things To Do In Bermondsey List if you want to explore the area further.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Homegirl London. Thanks: Homeboy for visiting with me.