ECC Student Craft/Design Awards Profile: Andy Kingston

Author: Sian Van Dyk, Curator, Programmes
There’s less than a week left until the ECC New Zealand Student Craft/Design Awards close. Have you got your entry in, or almost ready to submit?

If you need more incentive, learn how Andy Kingston’s practice developed after winning the award. Andy is now represented by applied art galleries in Auckland and Wellington and his work is also beginning to be collected by public galleries.

Here is what Andy has to say about his practice...

What is it that you do as a creative person?

I make pots that are highly illustrated with multiple layers of decoration. I mix different ideologies into the direction of my works and I like to combine the conscious and planned with the unconscious and spontaneous. I like finding the meaning in the work after it is completed. The reasoning comes from the need to express with the mitts, and the satisfactions and questions that arise as a result.

When did you receive your award?

It was in 2006, just after I had finished my degree, that I received a Merit in The Dowse Tertiary Craft Design Award for my work Ice Cream Hangi.

How did the Student Award help you as an artist?

At the time it was a nice boost to get a bit of recognition just out of Polytech, it definitely fed some fuel to the flames to help me continue as an artist.

What has been important to you in being successful in pursuing your career in art up till today?

My work is now in various collections such as Te Papa and the James Wallace Arts Trust. I’ve exhibited with artists who were inspirations to me when I started out, such as Paul Maseyk and Martin Poppelwell, and I have two long term galleries that have been great to me – Masterworks Gallery in Auckland and Avid Gallery in Wellington.

Currently I am working on a solo show which will be exhibited in January at Masterworks Gallery in Ponsonby, Auckland.

Learn more about the 2013 ECC Student Craft/Design Awards. Entries close 4 August.

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