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Gwyn Hanssen Pigott: a potters film – and other design matters.

http://www.creativecowboyfilms.com/documentaries/gwyn-hanssen-pigott/

This film from Creative Cowboy Films won the best contemporary film award at the Ateliers d’art de France international film festival at Montpellier in 2010.

“A documentary about ceramic artist GWYN HANSSEN PIGOTT. Gwyn is recognised as one of the world’s leading ceramic artists and is particularly well known for her series of still life collections of porcelain vessels. The film shows GWYN making, glazing and firing her work. The film also includes sequences of a wood firing and the unpacking of the kiln.” (Creative Cowboy films website).

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Canberra Hanssen Piggot exhibition

Canberra – Hanssen Piggot exhibition

An interesting and quite different take on Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s ceramic art can be found at this blog www.iconophilia.net

in a post called The Not Morandi Affect – on “the proliferation of the Morandi effect/affect in contemporary art” written in response to one particular exhibition displaying “about 20 of GHP’s trademark still life ensembles, all encased in rather clinical plastic vitrines.  Unfortunately, in this display, it is as if the air, the space itself, has been sucked out of these plastic boxes, such that the potential of these forms to make music with each other has been vacuumed away into silence”.

Such hermetically sealed arrangements of delicate objects of art hold great appeal to the architect’s wife. They could be passed off as useful rather than decorative vessels. They pay homage not so much to Morandi as to modernist functionalism  – essential for architects’ homes. What joy to have a collection of objects perfectly formed rather than found, (the compensatory art of poor students and creatives) and so utterly understandable to keep them as installations, in order and out of reach in those clinical plastic display cabinets. To live the Dwell dream  – that paradox of struggling to stay alive in ‘design for living’ .

Natura Morta - Giorgio Morandi

Natura Morta – Giorgio Morandi

This inaccessible designer bath is similar to the ceramic vessels kept out of reach. The paradox of the still life of 'design for living'.  Maintain Dwell like perfection, save water, save cleaning.

This inaccessible designer bath is similar to the ceramic vessels kept out of reach. The paradox of the still life of ‘design for living’. Maintain Dwell like perfection, save water, save cleaning.

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The Alchemy of Making

The Alchemy of Making

Still Life with Two Cups.
The work of ceramic artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott from an exhibition The Alchemy of Making.