Barry's Open Road
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Coromandel, Waikato NZ
Public Television: Season 6
Driving Creek Potteries and Railway
academics, conformity, manual labor, material possessions, originality, parents, pots, pottery, railroad, railway, school, teaching, trains, unique, vision
- 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."