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Artworks in Homes


Philip, Auckland, NZ

"I have to confess that I/we have a few interests on the go at any time. I’m not sure if they can all be termed collections but they include contemporary jewellery, contemporary ceramics, kete, books (that one goes on and on) and for me eighteenth century English furniture. There’s a few contemporary textile works and antique ceramics in the mix too. Yes I like the mixture of old and new..."


Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Artworks in Homes

Glenn Barkley, William Morris oil jug, 2020

"On one level its purchase seems rather impulsive. I’d got out of the plane and jumped into an Uber and went directly to the gallery. As I walked and spotted the person I’d agreed to meet, I became physically aware that a purchase was imminent. After an initial circuit I knew exactly where any purchase was going, in the yellow niche..."


Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Artworks in Homes

Jhana Millers Art Gallery Wellington Artworks in Homes

"I have to confess that I/we have a few interests on the go at any time. I’m not sure if they can all be termed collections but they include contemporary jewellery, contemporary ceramics, kete, books (that one goes on and on) and for me eighteenth century English furniture. There’s a few contemporary textile works and antique ceramics in the mix too. Yes I like the mixture of old and new. The combination of US based potter Jeff Oestrich’s works (he has been a regular NZ visitor) with some antiques on a mantelpiece is evidence of this. With ceramics I tend to follow certain people, there are exceptions, and have multiple works by Richard Parker, Ross Mitchell-Anyon, Jim Grieg and Madeleine Child.

In the same room sprawling in a haphazard room are some of our kete collection. The first one acquired, in 1982, from Diggeress Te Kanawa is at the front (yellow and black). I wrote to her and said, if possible, I’d like to buy a kete for my future wife as a wedding present. She wrote back and said yes, this was possible, and that she’d chose it. This kete duly arrived.

The biggest and most active collections are contemporary NZ ceramics and contemporary jewellery. The ceramics started about 1978, a flatmate’s mother was part of the 12 Potters co-operative, and the jewellery buying started a bit later in 1983. The ceramics purchases have been ‘for’ me whereas the jewellery purchases have largely been ‘for’ Jane.

After a while management is an issue as I don’t particularly want to have things stored away, I want them to enliven our daily living. The acquisition a few years ago of a vitrine meant that some of the jewellery could be simultaneously housed and displayed. Close to the vitrine in the yellow niche is the latest ceramic purchase, Glenn Barkley’s William Morris Oil Jug, bought in February 2020.

On one level its purchase seems rather impulsive. I’d got out of the plane and jumped into an Uber and went directly to the gallery. As I walked and spotted the person I’d agreed to meet, I became physically aware that a purchase was imminent. After an initial circuit I knew exactly where any purchase was going, in the yellow niche. Many red spots were out and there was pressure to make a decision, given who was in the room and the visible discussions going on. Glenn leaned over and quietly said “all the best ones are still available”. Whether it was true or not, I just loved being warmed up by the artist for what was then looking like the inevitable. I burst out laughing and summoned a red dot.

In hindsight I realise that I’d been working up to this purchase since 2015 when I’d visited Glenn in his studio with a mutual friend. Since then I’d admired his works owned by friends’ and been aware of the turbo-charged growth of his international reputation which included ceramics supremo Garth Clark’s infamous article Is Glenn Barkley Really the Worst Studio Potter in Australia? For all of these reason’s I knew I had to seize the moment."