- Layne Rowe
|Layne graduated from Shephalbury College in Art and Design in 1989, and later gained his BA Hons in 3D Design from the University of Central Lancashire.
Layne focuses on making vessel forms that are inspired by nature, in particular the mysteries of sea and space. The works themselves have an exceptional clarity and focus, and Layne’s thoughtful approach to colour is evident in each piece. He often uses densely coloured glass, with a ceramic-like appearance, to create a distinct contrast with the flash of colour within. It is as if the glass itself has opened up to reveal the startling, swirling colours captured inside.
“Many of my pieces are a synthesis of techniques intended for a harmonious resolution, as if perfected by nature. The latest series, named Scarify, is created from a complex multi-coloured blank, overlaid with transparent and opaque layers of colour with clear glass, which are then carved to create a textured surface exposing strata and veins similar to those of rocks eroded away by running water. This introduces areas of light and shade drawing the eye to the range of fine detail which together with the new and experimental variations in shape and form, will benefit from repeated viewing.”
Much of Layne’s inspiration has come from a period spent in Brazil during 2001 where he was making and exhibiting his blown glass. Layne’s work has been seen in galleries across the UK and the USA, most recently as part of ‘Tangents’, an exhibition and seminar at The Glass Art Gallery, London.