Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was born in Ballarat, Victoria in 1935 and studied Fine Arts at Melbourne University. She trained with Ivan McMeekin in New South Wales and worked with Ray Finch, Bernard Leach and Michael Cardew in Britain. Setting up studio, first in London in 1960 and later in Acheres, France, she returned to Australia in 1975.
Gwyn Hanssen Pigott has exhibited extensively in Australia, America, Europe and Asia and is the recipient of many awards. Her work is in numerous private and public collections worldwide. In 2002 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the arts as a ceramic artist and teacher. She passed away in 2013.