RIP Barry Brickell OBE – Coromandel Character Extraordinaire
The passing of revered ceramics pioneer and sculptor Barry Brickell is a great loss to Coromandel and New Zealand.
Barry was an iconic Coromandel character, famous locally, nationally and internationally for his art, the creation of the Driving Creek Railway and his visionary community contributions.
Much of what we recognise as contemporary Coromandel today has been built upon foundations laid by his art, vision and passion.
I will miss his regular long letters, typed on a manual typewriter, offering his opinions and advice on all manner of issues political, local and artistic.
When Parliament's 'Beehive' was built in the mid 1970s, five of Barry's iconic Spiromorph pots were purchased to grace the building. They still feature prominently and are on permanent display at Parliament.