“My work revolves around iconic forms, social memory and what people bring to the piece or their knowledge of that form. I introduce my ideas or thoughts, in a way the viewer can relate to or interpret comfortably. Yet maintain my social, political and aesthetic intentions for the work. In effect to provide enough information for the viewer to draw upon their own personal experiences to tell their own story”.
John Roy has been working in clay for over 26 years. He graduated in 1997 from Whanganui Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Ceramics. Since then Roy has become a prominent New Zealand ceramicist who successfully pushed the boundaries of the medium. Roy’s work is held in a number of public collections including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tauranga Art Gallery, Waikato Museum and Art Gallery, Sarjeant Gallery, Rotorua Museum and The James Wallace Arts Trust collection. He has won numerous awards including Portage Merit Award 2004, Supreme Award Waiheke Ceramics 2004, Non-functional Object Award New Zealand Society of Potters 2010, Waikato Award, Waiclay National Ceramics Exhibition 2006. Roy was the Tylee Cottage artist resident in Whanganui 2011 and Whanganui Polytechnic 2000.