Driving Creek Railway.
Thesedays Paul is a potter and a train driver. He seems happy. Over the years untold artists have worked on the railway, residing nearby and selling their pottery to visitors on site in the gift shop.
Barry Brickell recently opened a gallery designed by prominent Auckland architect Ron Sang, showcasing his impressive private collection. When an offer to meet Barry presented itself, I simply couldn’t refuse. Having read about Barry over the years, a man who prefers to fly under the radar whenever possible, being
able to spend some time with him was a privilege.
Led behind the gallery to a sun drenched annexe which appeared to double as both Barry’s living quarters and studio, I received a sincere welcome from Barry who proceeded to teach me about the intricacies of the immersion jug, which I must admit I was not familiar with.
The single immersion element heated one mug of hot water at a time. I was already loving Barry’s kind and eccentric nature as he made my brew before plying me with a continuous supply of dry crackers.
Having downed tools from a clay piece he had been happily sculpting, I was conscious of not taking up too much of Barry’s time. I had the impression he preferred his own company but was delighted to find the opposite was true.
Barry was a charming host; he ticked me offrepeatedly, albeit with a sparkle in his eye for asking too many questions while insisting that I read the book, His Own Steam before returning for another visit.
During the next ninety minutes Barry’s tales enthralled me.
Barry Brickell founder of Driving Creek.
Driving Creek engine drivers Paul & Paul.