Driving Creek founder, Barry Brickell born in New Plymouth in 1935, was the first born of four siblings. At an early age Barry and his family moved to Auckland, settling in Devonport.
Early in life Barry had a keen interest in coal-fired gasworks, brickworks, foundries and railways, particularly steam locomotives. At High School he had a fascination for Chemistry and Physics that later led him to completing a science degree in 1960 from Auckland University.
At age 13 years whilst at High School he was introduced to potter Len Castle sparking a lifetime interest in pottery.
Following university Barry moved to Coromandel town to take up a school teaching position, a short-lived pursuit lasting only a few months. So in 1961 Barry reverted to his old hobby of making pottery and quickly became a successful fulltime potter purchasing his first property, 90 Driving Creek Road, in Coromandel.