Paint-splashed, Pollock-inspired vases by Peter Layton

The man behind London Glassblowing channels the abstract expressionist’s aesthetics

Peter Layton’s glass Pollock-themed Triangular vases for the Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism show, from £980
Peter Layton’s glass Pollock-themed Triangular vases for the Royal Academy’s Abstract Expressionism show, from £980 | Image: Ester Segarra

These five paint-splashed angular vases (from £980) by glassblower Peter Layton were inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock. Made as part of a commission for the Royal Academy of Arts in response to its recent Abstract Expressionism show, they feature blobs of yellow and squiggles of blue dancing on a textural black and white background.

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“Pollock was painting a moment in flux, and that’s what glassmaking is: a frozen moment of decision and discovery, recording controlled chance and drama,” says Layton. “The splashes and dollops of a Pollock are so right for glass.”

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