Brian Gartside was born in 1940 in Britain and emigrated to New Zealand in 1970. By 1974, as well as lecturing in art and ceramics, he had established his own studio and workshop showcasing his exceptional skills and creativity. By 1980 he was able to give up teaching and work as an artist full time becoming one of New Zealand's most distinguished studio potters and clay artists. His work is widely collected and can be found in most of the art museum collections in New Zealand and is also collected internationally. Brian uses modern, technical methods with assistance from commercially prepared clays, minerals and special coloured pigments. His work is noted for his creative, experimental and evolving style that depends heavily on strong visual skills and involving colourful images that reflect NZ.