Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is internationally acclaimed as one of Australia’s most significant and influential artists. Featured in numerous international surveys of contemporary crafts practices, her work is admired by curators and collectors.

Pigott’s attention to tonal graduation and her signature still life groupings of ceramic vessels into families, clusters and trails reflect her concerns of formal purity and beauty, as well as her profound relationship with pots – ‘useful, everyday, ordinary pots’ – that she says were her ‘daily pleasure mines’.

Pigott completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the University of Melbourne in 1954, before training with leading potters in London. She established studios in London and France as well as in Australia and has held residencies throughout Australia. Pigott’s works have been exhibited in the UK, the USA, France, New Zealand and Australia. Her works are held in major public and private collections internationally, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles and the Fina Gomez Collection in Paris. Her work is held in the collections of all Australian state galleries and at the National Gallery of Australia.