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Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

1935 - 2013

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was born in 1935 in Ballarat in Australia. She studied Fine Arts at Melbourne University and trained with Ivan McMeekin in New South Wales before coming to England in 1958.

Inspired by the work of modernist potters Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Lucie Rie, as well as the paintings of Giorgio Morandi, Hanssen Pigott is one of Australia’s most successful ceramic artists. She has become renowned for the abstract simplicity of her meditative, off-white porcelain pots, arranged in close groupings, which can be seen both as metaphors and as ordinary everyday objects.

Hanssen Pigott’s work is featured in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, the Newcastle Region Art Gallery, the Ulster Museum in Belfast, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London as well as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2002, for her service to the arts as a teacher and ceramicist.  Her work continues to inspire a school of followers and is a leading presence in the contemporary ceramic movement in Australia.

Portrait of Gwyn Hanssen Pigott Bowl

Solo Exhibitions

  1. Gwyn Hanssen Pigott - 2013 Solo Exhibition 5 - 27 June 2013

Group Exhibitions

  1. Small Works, Great Artists 19 March - 6 April 2021
  2. Small Works, Great Artists 18 February - 15 March 2020
  3. Small Works, Great Artists 26 February - 21 March 2019
  4. British Ceramics 26 April - 26 May 2018
  5. Twelve Artists 11 April - 6 May 2017
  6. International Ceramics 9 August - 8 September 2016
  7. 20th Century Ceramics 9 December 2014 - 23 January 2015
  8. Classic & Contemporary Ceramics 28 July - 22 August 2014
  9. Paintings & Ceramics 1 - 20 July 2013