Industracotta #3 (Engine Pot)

Barry Brickell (New Zealander, b.1935, d.2016), Artist Circa 1983 © All rights reserved See full details

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Trains and pottery sit alongside one another in the physical landscape of Brickell’s home at the Driving Creek Railway and Potteries, as they do in his artistic practice. Brickell’s own railway, built painstakingly by hand, was originally designed to bring clay from the back of his property to the studio. Since opening to the public in 1991, it’s become a beloved tourist attraction visited by people from all around the world.

“Anatomically speaking,” Brickell declared, “man has never devised a machine more like himself than the steam locomotive”. From the very earliest days, his pots have been marked with a version of the train wheel stamp. In these works, clay and railway ideas come together, from riveted ‘loco follies’ to enormous clay steam engines. Each piece references Brickell’s favourite objects: steam vessels and trains, engines, boilers, pipes and tubes.
From 'His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey' The Dowse Art Museum, 4 May - 11 Aug 2013
Industracotta #3 (Engine Pot)
Production date
Circa 1983
Part 1: 590 x 400mm (h x diameter)
Part 2: 740 x 600mm (h x diameter)
Part 3: 335 x 600mm (h x diameter)
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Collection of The Dowse Art Museum, purchased 1983
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