McGlashen Pottery

Royce McGlashen, Tasman

Born in Richmond, Royce completed a 5 year Master Potter apprenticeship in 1971. After travelling overseas he returned and established his studio in Nelson. Royce has received an MBE for his services to pottery in New Zealand and is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva) He has received awards in NZ and overseas and his work is in public collections in many countries.

Royce was the designer for Temuka pottery for several years, and has taught throughout New Zealand and Australia, plus holding residential pottery workshops at his studio in Brightwater. Many young people have trained in Royce’s workshop and have gone on to become potters in their own right.

During Royce’s 47 years working with clay he has explored many forms, surface decorations and textures using a wide variety of techniques to achieve his desired outcomes. Decoration has always played a major part in his work, often reflecting his New Zealand environment either consciously or unconsciously. He sometimes includes a narrative of his life experiences, telling his own story on the surface of the work.