Museum of Brisbane


  • 12 Feb 2004 — 24 May 2004
  • Exhibition now closed

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is one of Australia’s most successful ceramic artists, with a career spanning over forty years

Breath: Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

She is 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.

Born 1935 in Ballarat, Victoria, she came to England in 1958 and worked with Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew. Inspired by the work of modernist potters Bernard Leach and Hans Coper, as well as the still-life paintings of Giorgio Morandi, since the 1980s she has evolved ‘inseparable’ groups of translucent porcelain forms, which create a dynamic with one another and the viewer.