Layla Walter

Cast glass artist Layla Walter was born in Wellington and grew up in the Coromandel. She is passionate about shape, texture, colour and the changing moods of glass. Layla’s early vessels incorporated weaving patterns on the exterior of her cast bowls and vases.  In later work she experimented with wax carving - etching peonies, lilies and magnolias deeply in to the interior and exterior of her work.  Her most recent work includes small bowls exquisitely carved in deep relief with flowers, plants and birds.

Layla worked for leading cast glass artist Ann Robinson from 1996 to 2011. In 1998, Layla graduated from Unitec in Auckland with a Bachelor of applied Arts, glass major. 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, United States. In 2007, Layla received an invitation to present at the Glass Art Society in the United States. In 2008, Layla was awarded the Creative Excellence Prize at the Molly Morpeth Canaday 3D Awards.

She exhibits internationally, as well as throughout New Zealand. Her work appears in many private and public collections, most notably Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington, Auckland Museum, Ebltoft Museum, Denmark, Sir Elton John, and in many NZ embassies worldwide as part of the collection of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs.



The National Business Review recently listed Layla Walter as one of the names to consider when investing in the applied arts.

For more information about Layla, please contact us at the gallery.