"There is a visual balance between finely crafted detail and unadorned surface. Blossoms, stems and buds branch across simple forms, dignified and exposed. It is my intention that each work is peacefully engaging". (1)
Layla Walter is a New Zealand glass artist and maker who has gained significant recognition for her distinctive and individual works in cast glass. A specialist in the "lost wax" technique, Layla Walter creates glass work featuring intricate flowers, stems and buds carved into the surface of vessels. Her works are significant because of the individuality of language, the personality of voice, the clear location of place to New Zealand and the South Pacific and "the sophisticated patient crafting they display" (2)
Walter worked for leading cast glass artist Ann Robinson from 1996 to 2011. In 1998 she graduated from Unitec in Auckland with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Glass). In 2001, she received the AMP Achievers Award which allowed her to travel to the United States to further her glass studies. In the same year she received the Pilchuck Saxe Award, and was given a teaching assistant position at Pilchuck Glass School in the United States. In 2007, Walter received an invitation to present at the Glass Art Society in the United States and in 2008 was awarded the Creative Excellence Prize at the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards. More recently Walter was awarded for Black Robin at The Trust Art and Sculpture Awards (2014). She exhibits internationally, as well as throughout New Zealand. Her work appears in many private and public collections, most notably the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Museum, Ebltoft Museum, Denmark, in many NZ embassies worldwide as part of the collection of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (3)
In a rare achievement, Walter’s glass has been selected on six separate occasions for the Corning Museum of Glass - New Glass Review, (1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2014). She was included as one of only two object makers in Richard Wolfe's curated exhibition Our People - Our Land alongside a wealth of premier New Zealand (4).
1. Layla Walter, Artist Statement.
2. Helen Schamroth, Layla Walter I SOLO 2002, Masterworks Solo Exhibition Brochure, 2002
3. Layla Walter (2015). Bio. Retrieved from http://www.laylawalter.com/bio.