Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was born in 1935 in Ballarat, 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.