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


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).


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.


Architects’ glasses

Architects must have interesting glasses. It is  part of their signature style.

philip johnson

Maybe there’s a link between the architect’s love of sci fi and the wearing of unusual spectacles. Have you noticed that architects glasses look a lot like 3 D glasses.

3 D tv glasses

Often they look like 3D glasses from the 50s. These quirky glasses – like 3 D glasses – suggest the architect can see things differently. Other dimensions.

But what do they see? Solutions. The future. A better future.

And also the past. The traditions and counter traditions of great architects who changed the world.

Not quite dead people, but the burden of history is evident in those heavy looking frames.

They are actually feather light due to some brilliant technology that the architect will be happy to tell you about.

le corbusier - seeing into the future with those trademark glasses

The famous architect Oscar Niemeyer – wearing L.G.R glasses, Kartoum.

Check out this fun story  “Pay attention to your glasses” at this great blog on becoming a famous architect:


famous architects



Architects’ glasses often come in packages with glasses case and a distinctive bowtie. These will be worn together by the architect on special occasions and photo opportunities. For more on the architect’s bowtie see :


clever marketing: architects' glasses come with bowties