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).
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.
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.