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22. July, 2010 / Idun

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Ceramicist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is recognized as one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists. Her career has so far stretched over 45 years, and early influences from various apprenticeships with English potters are still apparent. She uses wood-fired porcelain, with a subtle palette inspired by the Chinese Song Dynasty wares.

What strikes me is how her still life arrangements of tableware objects seem to be heavily influenced by the paintings of Giorgio Morandi, and it really appeals to me. The hazy tone, the subtle colour palette, and the simplicity of the object in the arrangements.

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