From Australia, the Pitcher of Cool Simplicity
· Imagine an exhibition of Giorgio Morandi canvases come to life. That's what Australian artist Gwyn Hanssen Pigott's quiet, Zenlike ceramics installation looks like. Morandi, the early-20th-century Italian still life expert known for his cool arrangements of jugs and cups, depicted objects seemingly immune to the confines of space and time. Pigott crafts exquisitely simple cups and pitchers of the kind Morandi admired and then arranges them in elegant groups that would have made the Italian proud. In Pigott's hands, vessels take on characteristics both human and geologic.
"Still Lifes and Trails: Recent Porcelain by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott" at the Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 202-797-3383, to Dec. 1.http:/