Peter Layton @ Bermondsey St, SE1

After ogling Borough Market, Kate & I headed towards Shad Thames.
In and around London Bridge Station has been undergoing a large-scale re-development and the most famous project has to be the Shard. The London’s newest iconic landmark opened its door to the public on 5 July 2012. Kate & I giggled as we agreed that the Shard reminded us the Isengard in The Lord of the Rings!

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The gleaming spire of the Shard was towering over us. And a airplane was traversing the blue, leaving a vapour trail as we looked on.

Once reaching Bermondsey Street, Kate’s eyes twinkled and she asked me if I had ever been to a glassblowing studio. When I shook my head, she led me to Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Studio & Gallery

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Once inside, my vision was filled with vivid colours in all sizes and forms.
At another end of the double height space, there was a glassblowing studio. And I could see 3 kilns emitting fierce heat. No wonder the inside was so toasty in spite of a chilly December day…

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A glassmaker handling molten glass…

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He swung the glass like a pendulum before sitting down and rotating it horizontally on the bar. I knew nothing about glassblowing but looking at it firsthand was fascinating.

Don’t they look amazing?

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I wished if I could have them all. They were absolutely beautiful. Ultimate eye-candies.

Another glassmaker was preparing pigments on the bench…

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Oh, how I wished if I could carry on watching and find out how those pigments would add colours to clear glass. It was like alchemy.

On the floor, there were large glass-made poppies…

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The staff explained to us that the poppies were a mock-up of wall sculpture.
They were meant to be displayed on the wall like this…

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Please feast your eyes on these pieces of art…

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They are breathtakingly beautiful, aren’t they? I have no idea how they are made. Some of the works are well over £5,000. But it must be well worth it.
But then, don’t be too discouraged even if you don’t have five grand readily available. There are more affordable hand-blown Christmas tree decorations on sale…

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They are priced between £35 – 220. By the way, the most pricy one contained gold pigment. So be extra mindful when you are handling it! The place is a definite must address to visit if you are around the area. Highly recommended…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

9 thoughts on “Peter Layton @ Bermondsey St, SE1

  1. Absolutely beautiful. Wish I had a spare £5K or more to indulge myself so I could own a few of these stunning pieces. I really do love the colours especially at this time of the year. Could I pin a couple of your photos to one of my Pinterest boards please? Agnes.

    • The place was an Aladdin’s Cave for hand-blown glass lovers! It was the first time for me and I was blown away. Thank you for liking my photos. Unfortunately I have deleted them all as my harddisc is getting full. Feel free to screen grab any image you like from the page. X

    • They were sooooo beautiful! Looked like gigantic gems. And the way the artisans were making them, it was fascinating to watch. They offer a one-day glassblowing course and I may be giving a go next year! 😜

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