The art of glassblowing is truly a marvellous sight to behold. The process is just as beautiful as the end result. To be able to turn sand into glass is surely alchemy; something that can only be achieved by someone with the Midas touch. Watching molten glass being turned on an iron stake will make you feel like you've entered Hephaestus's workshop. It is a god-like skill.
But you you don't have to travel as far as Olympus to witness such craftsmanship. Since 1976, Peter Layton's Glassblowing studio on Bermondsey Street, London has offered visitors the opportunity to not only see artists in action, but to buy the finished product.
Every year he organises a schedule of exhibitions, starting with the January sales, and ending with a Christmas open house.
2014's sale runs between the 8th-25th January, and offers amazing bargains by Layton and his London Glassblowing team. This will be followed by Gravity, a joint exhibition featuring engraved vessels by Amanda Simmons and Cathryn Shilling's standing forms.
March will bring the return of a silent auction, in which you can bid on classic pieces from Peter Layton's past collections. During the three seasonal open house sales, you will be able to admire different glassworks over a cocktail (spring), punch (summer), or mulled wine (Christmas).
Other exhibitions will include Gather, The Glass Skin, and Vetro, all of which focus on different glassblowing techniques. There will also be a pop-up exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery with artists such as Louis Thompson, Peter Layton, Layne Rowe, Sabrina Cant, Fiaz Elson, Yoshiko Okada, Tim Rawlinson.