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Installation - Kinder Trail

Kinder Trail

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    South East Queensland (made)

  • Date:

    2010 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Hanssen Pigott, Gwyn, born 1935 - died 2013 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed porcelain

  • Credit Line:

    Acquired through the generosity of Gerard and Sarah Griffin

  • Museum number:

    C.16:1 to 14-2010

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Australian artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott is a pioneer of ceramic still life and installation art, and her work has had considerable influence. Like many of Hanssen Pigott's linear groups, 'Kinder trail' makes a gentle allusion to a procession of figures. Its title refers to the artist's perception of the pieces as vulnerable, like child refugees moving in a column.

Physical description

Installation piece comprising ten beakers and four bowls in glazed porcelain, arranged in a linear fashion with precisely defined internal groupings.

Place of Origin

South East Queensland (made)


2010 (made)


Hanssen Pigott, Gwyn, born 1935 - died 2013 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed porcelain


Length: 128 cm Installed work, Height: 16 cm greatest height, Depth: 18 cm Installed work

Object history note

Shown in the exhibition Gwyn Hanssen Pigott at Galerie Besson, London, 9 June - 8 July 2010, handlist no. 4.

In common with other related works, this piece makes an allusion to a procession of figures. The artist indicated that the title had been chosen because she felt the pieces to be vulnerable, like child refugees moving in a column.

In an interview with Craft Australia in 2011, Hanssen Pigott explains this idea further:

Craft Australia:
A review in 1995 described your vessels as an assembly of 'characters', each group a family and each exhibition a 'village'. What leads you to constructing this sense of character and narrative with pots when you present your exhibitions?

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott:
I suppose they are like families. I give names to my groupings of pots based on how they look and feel to me. For example, a group of pots that are small and looking vulnerable, I might call 'Exodus'. This is because it reminds me of a group or trail of children who are refugees. Or, another group, I might call 'Waiting' and it might suggest a group of people waiting at a gate, waiting to get in. I don't design the groups beforehand. I make the pots and after the firing, I see how they might relate.

[Source: www.craftaustralia.org.au/library/interview.php?id=gwyn-hanssen-pigott-pottery-and-presence]

Descriptive line

Installation of glazed porcelain beakers and bowls, 'Kinder Trail', by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Australia, 2010.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott. Exhibition pamphlet. London: Galerie Besson, 9 June - 8 July 2010.
Wells, Kathryn. Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Pottery and presence. Craft Australia. Interview. 24 June 2011. [Source: www.craftaustralia.org.au/library/interview.php?id=gwyn-hanssen-pigott-pottery-and-presence. Accessed: 22 August 2011]
p. 366, 367
Adamson, Glenn, Martina Droth and Simon Olding (ed.s) Things of Beauty Growing British Studio Pottery. New Haven, London, 2017



Subjects depicted

Children; Refugees


Ceramics; Studio Pottery


Ceramics Collection

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