The latest issue of The Australian Journal of Ceramics (Vol 521, April 2013) contains many features on New Zealand ceramics. The cover, as you can see, is a detail of Jim Cooper’s Premier Award winning entry in the last Portage, Millbrook Holiday (the league for spiritual discovery) and another view on the back. Inside, you’ll find more than half the contents comprises a miscellany of articles on aspects – some predictable and some far from it – of the ceramic culture here in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Individual artists are featured along with some thoughts and views around different themes, to image surveys to our education system and secondary market and a curious compilation entitled The List. There is a bit of unfortunate cropping on some images and some articles have a lot of abbreviations /acronyms but it’s a useful and informative document and one for the files after the initial read.
For a copy ask at your local friendly book store – if you still have one, they seem to be disappearing at a rate of knots. Or go to www.australianceramics.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org or better still, take out a subscription. $16 a copy and they produce three a year with publication dates 1 April, 17 July and 20 November. If enough take subs there will be more regular NZ features. As it is there is often some Kiwi mention because of conference involvement, residencies or exhibitions. More would be good!
Barry Brickell has produced a book about only his terra-cotta, wood-fired murals. There is an or some image(s) of each of his eleven, 2.5 dimensional works and the stories about them and behind them. The celebrations, the disappointments and everything in between, covering the spiritual, the narrative, the historical, the political and the erotic, written in Barry’s inimitable and very personal style. As most are installed in corporate or private situations from one end of the country almost to the other and even off-shore, with just a handful accessible for easy public viewing – this is the opportunity to see all of what some consider to contain his finest work.
It is printed as a limited edition of 300 (numbered) copies only. Foreword by Rodney Wilson, full colour and large format, hard cover. I am uncertain of distribution details at this date. Telephone Driving Creek if interested – 07 8668 703 or trywww.drivingcreekrailway.co.nz