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BALLARAT born ceramicist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott has died in London aged 77 after suffering from a stroke. The internationally renowned potter was born in 1935, and learnt the craft of ceramics from the ground up. Having received numerous awards including an Order of Australia medal in 2002, Hanssen Pigott was recognised as one of the most distinguished potters in Australia.
Art Gallery of Ballarat registrar Anne Rowland said the former Ballarat and Clarendon College student travelled across the globe, training and working at leading potteries around Europe. She said Hanssen Pigott was renowned for turning ordinary items into works of art.
“The styles of her arrangements and the finesse she would bring to making her objects means she will be remembered for a long time,” Ms Rowland said. From today, [JULY 8] the Art Gallery of Ballarat will showcase some of Hanssen Pigott’s work in the upstairs contemporary gallery. The work on display will include a set of inseparable bowls, a teapot, still-life arrangements and a dish spanning between 1978 and 1992.