REVIEWS - what they said 

.... Not only one of our finest potters but is one of the foremost professional artistsworking in NZ J Ford 1986

....a strong sense of design and craftsmanship Herald 1976

....deliberately defies all the principles dear to the hearts of

most potters D Page NZ Herald 1980

....the impression they make is more haphazard than
coherent R.Poor 1981

...a beautiful and consistent control of many and varied
elements Selectors Auckland 1983

.... The pottery is closely attuned to contemporary style, art
and philosophy Massey university prospectus 1988

....we need a few more Brian Gartsideʼs -there arenʼt enough - to kick us around and bounce off each other.... Roy Cowan 1986

... Gartsideʼs honesty in his treatment ofclay. He deals with it, colours it and handlesit dramatically............ This exhibition bowls
one over (Dowse Art Museum) Hutt News 1986

.... may take a little time to digest............highly imaginative.......... NZ Herald review 1979

..... not quite my cup of tea ............ R Murray 1983

.......a very creative and talented potter.......... Hauraki herald 1981

...... I wish I could be positive aboutGartsideʼs pots............ Fairburn Waikato times 1982

......simplicity and succinctness are evident ............ NZ Herald 1982

.........his devil-may-care vivacity............... Bob Bassant Wellington 1986

.........a massive visual onslaught.................. Arts Times 1986

.......internal creative energies move in empathy with the clay to produce to produce of gentle energy ........ There is a feeling of spontaneity, excitement and the invitation to

accept the unacceptable D Page NZ Herald

.....dominate their section of the gallery - stunning in purple,

lime green and red these pieces have the assurance of a

completely confident artist ......... P Gibbs Nelson Mail

..... ʻnever been afraid to take a chance ............

Listener magazine

....a major and innovative force - a
.... Christchirch Press

..... ʻthin and glib .... not to be taken too seriously ......

Helen Schamroth

.... the strength of Gartsideʼs work .....texture and glaze surface, movement andglaze relationships laid out for all to see ........ John Crawford

..... I think that (his) visual sensitivity is sopowerful that it replaces and usurps words .... Kate Hart

....... Thanks for opening our eyes and silencing our minds .......

Angie

........ although the works appear fresh and spontaneous, there is evidence of years of experience! .........

Adrienne Bolton

......... humour and inventiveness, a willingness to take a chance, rejection of the straight-line approach ...............Jim Robison UK

...... making judgments and setting standards seem to prevent and limit one's thinking and so he finds it a useful technique to suspend these two activities. He says “I don't always know what my marks mean, but after they evolve over many years, they seem to be a mixture of habit, accident, material process and environment ........ Janet Mansfield

....... a challenging and mentally exhausting experience

for me as it inverted so many of my preconceptions

about day, glazes and glazing ....... Ginny Lane

Gartside's motifs play a coded game as surface information, between the organic and geometric: a balance of tensions and dynamics and conflicts which describe symbolically order and disorder, structure and freedom, theintellectual and emotional. D Page