New Zealand based glass caster Layla Walter has a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Glass major (1998), from Unitec, NZ. Maintaining a career in glass since then, she exhibits in NZ, Australia and USA. She also worked for Ann Robinson from 1996 to 2011.
Walter has received the Saxe Award, TA positions at Pilchuck Glass School, USA, AMP Achievers Award and Creative New Zealand Awards for publicity, travel and international demonstrations, was invited to present at Glass Art Society/GAS 2007 USA and was awarded the 2008 MMC 3D Awards: Creative Excellence Prize for Kokako. Judge’s comment for Kokako: “A beautifully refined and elegant piece imbued with poignancy.” Claire Regnault, from The New Dowse, NZ. Her work has been selected five times for inclusion in New Glass Review (USA/Germany).
Walter’s glass first had woven patternation and now has flower, branch or bird detail carved onto the interior and exterior surfaces of the vessel.
“Layla Walter’s Magnolia vase is a tour de force of the latter technique” (lost wax glass casting). Noris Ioannou, Australia. Walter's work was selected as one of ten favorite things by prominent New Zealand artist Stanley Palmer for the NZ Herald, 2012. International collections with her work include Sir Elton John and Ebltoft Museum, Denmark.
In 2013 Walter's new work Lavender, St Cuthbert's Garden, was unveiled in March, at St Cuthbert's College, Auckland. A work commissioned to raise scholarship funds for talented girls to attend the school. "She chose the lavender as it symbolises devotion, with it’s tall stems to inspire achievement. I feel she has captured the spirit of the College; contemporary and forward thinking – with a nod to tradition" Leigh Melville, Art + Object curator.
“Layla Walter takes camellia flowers for a walk around the inclines of her bas-relief cast-glass vase. Mostly contained inside the vase’s cavity, the blossoms are painstakingly carved in relief, momentarily revealed only to merge into a mass of glass. It’s a work which is contemplative and meditative and one which reinforces the simple delight of gracious, ephemeral blossoms.” Louis Le Vaillant, curator of applied arts at the Auckland Museum, NZ.
Walter has work in major national museums; Te Papa Tongarewa, and Auckland Museum, and is included in collections worldwide.
Auckland Museum, New Zealand, Kimono Vase
Department of Foreign Affairs, NZ Embassy in Washington DC, USA, Woven Rimmed Bowl
Department of Foreign Affairs, NZ Embassy in Tehran, Small Woven Rimmed Bowl
Department of Foreign Affairs, NZ Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Water Lily Vessel
Department of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, NZ Tui For Geoff
Department of Foreign Affairs, Wellington, NZ Camellia For Kate
Glasmuseet Ebletoft, Ebletoft, Denmark, Open Bowl – Woven Interior
Te PapaTongarewa, Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ, Open Bowl - Woven Interior, Lucospermum Vase, Emily’s Hydrangea