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ECC Student Craft/Design Award Artist Profile: John Roy

Author: Sian Van Dyk, Curator, Programmes
As part of a series of blogs about previous winners of the Student Craft/Design Award, and following on from a profile of textile designer Genevieve Packer, this week we meet ceramic artist John Roy, Supreme Winner in 1997. John tells us what he has been up to since then and how the award impacted on his career.

What is it that you do as a creative person?

I am an artist who primarily works in clay but I also like to draw and have worked in bronze.

When did you receive your award?

I won the award in 1997 the same year I graduated from Whanganui Polytechnic with a BFA.

How did the Student Award help you as an artist?

The prize money was very helpful for buying materials and helping set up my studio. Since then I have had many solo and group shows primarily in Auckland at Masterworks Gallery and more recently at Avid Gallery in Wellington. As well as this I have had several interventions shown in public galleries around New Zealand. Also a major show Bending Hammers at the Sarjeant Gallery in 2012, a follow up to my residency at Tylee Cottage in 2011.

What or has there been anything significant or important to you in being successful in pursuing your career up till today?

The most important thing I have found in pursuing a career in the arts is to keep working at it. You will get a lot of setbacks along the way, but you have to keep going forward.

Entries for the 2013 ECC Student Craft/Design Award close on the 4th of August – don’t miss out on the opportunity for a kick start to your own creative career. For more information, check out the SCDA page on our website.

Sian van Dyk, Curator - Programmes & Events

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