Colin G Piggott was born and educated in Manchester. He started work as a theatre carpenter for the Library Theatre Company, Manchester. In 1978 he became the first ABTT Trainee Scenic Artist, moving to finish his taining at Nottingham Playhouse, where he worked for some years as a painter and prop maker. On returning to Manchester at the end of 1985 he became freelance and has his own studio / workshop in South Manchester.

More recently he has found the time to complete his first guidebook "The Vernacular Gems of Cheshire", which is based on his own architectural illustrations. Some of the illustrations are available as prints