discuss document export feedback print share Barry Brickell Design and decorative arts Documentary heritage History Our Environment The papers of Barry Brickell demonstrate the artist's all-consuming passion for pottery, steam trains and conservation. Barry Brickell's papers include many sketches of his artworks, including this illustration for a terracotta tile that was part of a series commissioned by the Devonport Library.Images of the sketches of the Devonport Ferry Tiles appear with permission of Auckland Council and the Brickell Estate.Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. MS-2002-22. Corresponding with fellow enthusiasts Barry Brickell, one of New Zealand's foremost potters, ceramicists, sculptors, railway enthusiasts and conservationists, died on 23 January 2016. Auckland Museum holds papers relating to Brickell's studio, his artistic practice and his commissioned works, both public and private. The collection, which dates from 1965 to 1985, includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, sketches and photographs. Among the papers are a postcard from Friedensreich Hundertwasser, as well as letters from Ralph Hotere and Len Castle. Theo Schoon writes of potters from around the country, and comments on techniques and personal discoveries. Others write about various types of clay, glazes and kiln construction. Brickell's passion for steam and rail is obvious, with correspondence between fellow steam/railway enthusiasts, many of which include diagrams and sketches. The letters illustrating deep friendships that developed over the years are intermingled with fledgling relationships between potters and steam enthusiasts wishing to visit and work at Driving Creek. Fire, steam and botany The dark tenmoku glaze on this stoneware jug is often found in Japanese and Chinese ceramics.Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. K6974. The eldest of Shirley and Maurice Brickell's four children, Ian Barry Brickell was born on 26 October 1935 in New Plymouth. Commonly known as Barry, he was educated in Auckland and graduated from Auckland University College (now the University of Auckland) with a Bachelor of Science. Brickell started teaching at Coromandel District High School in 1961, but resigned within six months to take up pottery full-time. In the 1970s, Brickell created Driving Creek Railway & Potteries in the Coromandel, with workshops and kilns, where he and other potters worked. A rail and steam enthusiast, he built a railway on the property and used it to retrieve clay for use in his pottery, as well as exotic timber and transport native seedlings for reforestation. In his 1979 curriculum vitae, Barry listed as his interests as: "fire, steam, simple and basic machinery, botany (in particular NZ natives), landscape forms, geology, visual arts, civil engineering, railways, colonial and functional architecture and the form of things." A remarkable artist Barry Brickell, Driving Creek, Coromandel.Hanly, G. 1985.Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira. PH-2015-3-31A. As Hamish Keith, cultural commentator and Brickell's friend of over 50 years, recently noted: "Much has been written about Barry Brickell the railway enthusiast, the conservationist and the potter - as if they were different parts of his life. They were not. They were an unbroken creative continuum in the work of this remarkable artist who revived a small town economy, restored a ravaged landscape and left a legacy of brilliant forms which enrich the lives of us all." Art News, 2016. This all-encompassing thirst for knowledge is certainly reflected in this Manuscript collection. Further reading Keith, Hamish. 'Art and life were gloriously the same: Barry Brickell 1935-2016.' Art news Vol.36. No.1. (2016): pp.54. Autumn. 'Artist Barry Brickell dies aged 80'. Radio NZ. Updated 24 January 2016. Johnston, C. 2016. Barry Brickell, 1935-2016. The Dowse Art Museum. Updated 24 January 2016. Cite this article Lilly, Hugh and Passau, Victoria. Barry Brickell. Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. First published: 5 August 2016. Updated: 9 August 2016. URL: www.aucklandmuseum.com/collections-research/collections/topics/barry-brickell Related objects print share remove reset export Displaying 1 - 6 of 14 records tile Type: Object / ArtefactDate: 1989Contributor: Barry BrickellPlace: CoromandelID: 1989.124Description: tile, DCR, 'Driving Creek Railway' pottery vessel On display Type: Object / ArtefactDate: Circa 1956Contributor: Barry BrickellPlace: CoromandelID: 1998.39.2Description: vessel, gourd-shaped, grey mottled/speckled body glazed, thin neck, hole behind lugs either side, twisted cord (rope) threads through lugs a single rope at rear knotted to… jug On display Type: Object / ArtefactDate: 1950sContributor: Barry BrickellPlace: CoromandelID: K6974Description: jug, flared rim, tapering neck, applied strap handle, tenmoku glaze, stamped at base of handle, lid is missing at time of acquisition panel Type: Object / ArtefactDate: 1985Contributor: Barry BrickellPlace: New ZealandID: 1989.176Description: panel, triptych, three handbuilt panels in wooden frame form Type: Object / ArtefactDate: Pre 1998Contributor: Barry BrickellPlace: Coromandel DistrictID: 1998.32.16Description: form, terracotta ground, unglazed, flat circular base, approximately 35mm from base scalloped border, tapers slightly to a tube form approximately 280mm h, then flares out… jug On display Type: Object / ArtefactDate: 1989Contributor: Barry BrickellPlace: CoromandelID: 1991.211Description: jug, large [Jug, 'Thinso', salt-glazed stoneware, made by Barry Brickell, Coromandel,NZ 1989 - gallery card] 1 2 3 Next page We have more objects related to this topic. 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