- Purchased, 1976
- 260 x 530 x 170mm
Barry Brickell began working with clay at the age of fifteen in 1950 and the following year built his first kiln at his parents’ home in Devonport, Auckland. He started exhibiting his pots in 1955. After a two-term stint in 1961 teaching high school art and science in the Coromandel, he resigned and set out to become a full-time potter. After purchasing a small block of land in the area, he also embarked on the creation of his renowned Driving Creek Railway and Potteries complex. In 1975 construction got under way on an elaborate 266mm gauge railway that was originally intended for transporting clay and firewood fuel to his studio and kilns but later became a visitor attraction. Loco boiler, which seems to encapsulate Brickell’s lifelong dual fascination with steam engines and the possibilities of clay, was purchased from the New Zealand Society of Potters exhibition in Christchurch in 1976.
(Leaving for Work 2 October 2021 - 1 May 2022)