Barry Brickell

Barry Brickell

Potter/Railway Engineer

Driving Creek Potteries and Railway

Coromandel, Waikato NZ

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


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Barry Brickell

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My road in life has been direct.
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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High School
Education, General
University of Auckland, New Zealand


Potter/Railway Engineer

I designed and built the Driving Creek Railway and nature preserve but really all I want to do is make pots!

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