The His Own Steam exhibition at the Rotorua Museum is a retrospective celebrating the work of one of NZ’s most endearing potters, Barry Brickell.
Brickell is one of the country’s most important ceramicists and is famous for his passion for railways and conservation. The humorous and sometimes sexual works on show span five decades and display a playful and quirky nature.
Toured by The Dowse Art Museum this exhibition is the first significant survey exhibition of Brickell’s work. It brings together approximately 50 works from The Dowse Art Museum, Brickell’s own collection, and key works from around New Zealand.
The exhibition includes a number of major ‘Spiromorphs’ (large-scale works built from coiled clay), alongside ceramic murals exhibited in public for the first time. His Own Steam showcases Brickell’s early development as a potter, including works made in collaboration with art critic Hamish Keith, during their time as flatmates in the 1950s.
The exhibition is at Rotorua Museum until August 24, 2014. Entry is included with Museum admission. Adults $20, seniors $18 and children $8. Entry for Rotorua residents is free with appropriate ID.
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Images credit: Haru Sameshima