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GATHER | Ornithology

Hot sculpted glass

Approximate dimensions for each individual feather and inkwell:

H 40 x W 12 x D 12 cm

Each individual feather and inkwell: 4.8 kg


Available to commission for £1,080 each.

A fascination and love for birds started early in Layne’s life when experienced the release of trained pigeons. The experience of seeing these birds take flight has stayed with him through to adulthood.

This collection is based on some of the most remarkable and colourful birds from all over the world. What intrigues him is that their feathers have evolved for all kinds of purposes; flight, insulation, camouflage and the courting dance. Each inkwell contains colourful glass inks to represent the wonderful studies of a species where beauty follows form.




After completing a degree in 3D design, Layne found an opportunity to work at Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Studio, where he has inspired an evolving, vibrant and creative environment. Now producing his work at his home studio, highly equipped for all of his making processes.

Layne quotes, ‘I have always been inspired to create and have the desire to use my hands to see creations forming in front of my eyes. Glass is the ultimate medium for speed. It’s alive and requires constant attention and quick decision-making. Glass is a thrilling material to work with, and with its beautiful qualities such as fluidity,
transparency, and with all its colours, it creates its own inspiration.

Layne reverts to childhood memories, His love for birds and Wishing to have the ability to fly with the power of vision and views of the Landscape. Stratus coastlines with its corroded rock formations, and landscapes with layered horizons, as seen in his series ‘Woven’ and ‘New Horizons’. Work inspired by the vast Fenland skies. His love for
detail is a result of intricate cane work with overlays and fine cutting. Sculpted feathers with light, delicate details have led to large-scale wings named “SOLACE” and his Quill n ink series “Ornithology”

Layne has been invited to exhibit in the UK and worldwide, including the V& A, Saatchi gallery and Ebeltoft glass museum, among artists such as Graysen Perry, Alexander McQueen, Lino Tagliapietra and more. He was also awarded the Bavarian State Prize in 2015 for his Woven series.

Regular price £ 6,480.00
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Many of the pieces at Smolensky Gallery have the option to add a hand-crafted frame.

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Our experts will cut, join and assemble each frame by hand to the exact dimensions of your artwork, creating your perfect finished work of art, ready to hang on your wall.

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Some of our framing options may be more suitable for your artwork than others. For expert advice on the best way to frame, give us a call:

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Your Framing Options

Box framing is provided with all our online framing, creating a distance between the glass and your artwork, so no risk of ink transfer to the pane. it's the perfect, gallery grade choice for limited edition prints or original artworks.

Shadow float mounting is an option at our website, to give the appearance of an artwork floating within the frame. The mount – an archival foam core – creates depth too, by casting a shadow beneath the artwork. We highly recommend using a float mount when framing artwork with deckled (hand-torn) edges.

As always, all our materials are sustainable and archival to keep your artwork in mint condition and perfectly presented. Simply choose from our white or black float framing options, before adding to basket.

Glazing all our framing orders are shipped with glass. We take great care with packaging to protect your artwork.

Alternatively, for added piece of mind, we've the option of gallery grade cast acrylic, offering superb clarity and protection.

If you would prefer acrylic or other options such as ornate frames or UV protection, please call our gallery team on +44 (0)7799 165062 for a quote, or message us at the bottom right of this page.


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