Brian Gartside has been established on the NZ art scene for 40 years, firstly as a Teachers College Lecturer in Art and Ceramics and later as a successful and respected potter and clay artist. He has work in most of the Art museum collections in New Zealand. He lives in Pukekohe and his ceramic work is noted for his strong colourful images. The abstract nature of marks are derived from NZ land forms and geographical references are always present – rivers, clouds, rain, wind, rocks, and volcanic activity.
For the past twenty years he has published magazine articles, contributed to several international conferences and taught workshops in ceramics on a regular basis in Canada, USA, Britain and Australia and has been a guest artist in Hungary, Finland, USA and Canada.