Fragments of Light


Fragments of Light provides a forum where artists and critics from many countries are able to share thoughts, interests and ideas in the area of the arts and spirituality, and the power of creative expression to humanize our culture and to heal and transform lives. The blog includes both excerpts from published essays, and original reflections by artists, writers, musicians, and theatre professionals. By inviting readers to respond to these published texts, we hope to promote conversation, reflection, and discussion on faith and creativity, contemplative prayer and esthetic experience, Christian liturgy and beauty, and related themes.

The momentum of the blog draws its energy from the seasons of the Church year and shared important feasts. If you would like to participate either as a regular or guest contributor, or if you have ideas for topics of conversation, please email Lillian Miao.

Seeing More Than Meets the Eye

British glass artist, Peter Layton, has been blowing glass for over forty years. His love of color and form has sometimes been inspired by the work of painters like Monet or Gauguin.

Peter Layton, Cascade. ©Ester Segarra.

Glass is a magical medium . . . I adore it, it’s so versatile and it is so immediate. Blown work is incredibly satisfying . . . because it is a fluid medium you have to make decisions very quickly . . . its the immediacy that I love about it.—Peter Layton

Peter Layton, Monet Series. ©2012 Ester Segarra.

Peter Layton, Tahiti Series. ©Ester Segarra.

Layton’s pieces delight the eye as they reveal a transient moment frozen in time. Looking at these works can you see continuing dynamic transformation in their final static amorphous state? How can an artist show something more than the eye sees?

Artist Bio
Born in Prague and brought up in England, Peter Layton studied at Bradford College of Art and the Central School of Art and Design, London. During the mid 60’s, while teaching ceramics at the University of Iowa, he chanced upon glassblowing. On his return to England he set up a small glassblowing studio at his pottery in Scotland; a Glassblowing Department at Hornsey College of Art and in 1976 he established his London Glassblowing Workshop in Rotherhithe.

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