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Brickell encouraged by Hotere

16 September 2014

In 1975 Barry Brickell travelled to Dunedin and was introduced to artist Ralph Hotere, who offered Brickell accommodation at his cottage in Port Chalmers and studio space to work in. He also provided Brickell with a potter’s wheel and a stove for warmth, in addition to expressing enthusiasm for his pots and his working methods. 

His visit lasted three months, and according to Brickell, some ‘damn good pots’ were made using the local materials during this time. In 1976, at the invitation of Hotere and other local supporters, such as Maureen and Michael Hitchings, Brickell spent a further month in Dunedin, again at Port Chalmers, where more pots were produced. This visit culminated in an exhibition in the city, featuring ‘Ralph’s new paintings and my new pots’.

Included in the current exhibition at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery are a number of the pots Barry Brickell made in 1975 and ‘76, using local clays and materials, and inspired by the encouragement and support he received from Ralph Hotere and others of the arts community in Dunedin.

image: Barry Brickell Brown Tea Bowl, Orange Tea Bowl, Blue Tea Bowl c.1975 glazed stoneware Private Collection