Barry's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Yankee Kiwis

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Coromandel, Waikato NZ

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

BARRY BRICKELL

Potter/Railway Engineer
Driving Creek Potteries and Railway

“The answer is having a passion and a vision, and not kowtowing to fashion, style or vogue.”

INTERESTS:

Art Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Family Hard Work Individualism Money & Financial Security Negativity Passion Pressure

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative Building Things

TAGS:

academics, conformity, manual labor, material possessions, originality, parents, pots, pottery, railroad, railway, school, teaching, trains, unique, vision

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Knew from a young age that he wasn’t great at academic work, but he always loved to sculpt, make pots.
  • Everyone assumed he would go to university, get a degree and a stable job, but he wanted none of it.
  • Reluctantly got a degree and became a schoolteacher; was so unhappy he quit after one year, went back to pottery.
  • His dad told him making pots would be no way to support a family; Barry said, that’s fine, I’m still going to do it.
  • Lived in poverty, but always preferred wearing raggedy clothes and “being free” to wearing a suit and tie.
  • His other interest was railroads: he invested all of his money on a plot of land and spent years building his own railroad.
  • Estate came to be named Driving Creek Potteries and Railway—combined his two passions in one space.
  • Says Driving Creek is successful because there’s nothing else like it; “don’t copy; be original.”

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