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A Spark of Life - James Greig, Potter, Man of West and East

Television (Full Length) – 1987

This edition of the 1987 Inspiration series on Kiwi artists looks at potter James (Jim) Greig, and his search for the “spark of life” found in clay. The Peter Coates-directed documentary visits Greig’s Wairarapa studio to interview him and his wife Rhondda, also an artist. Greig’s influences are surveyed: the work of Kiwi potter Len Castle, nature, orphanhood, and Japan (where his work achieved renown). The film captures the visceral process of making large works for a Wellington City Gallery exhibition. Greig died of a heart attack, aged 50, while this film was being made.

To the potter clay has mystic qualities ... in his hands it will take on shape and colour and beauty and life.
– Narrator Jeremy Stephens

Key Cast & Crew

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Paul Gorsuch


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Jeremy Stephens


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Peter Coates

Director, Producer, Writer

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Yuzo Eguchi

Camera - Japan

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Sue Alexander


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Malcolm Bremner

Sound Mix

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