John Roy was formally trained at Wanganui Polytechnic where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997 majoring in Ceramics. Since then he has continued to work in clay.
John reflects on his work: 'My work revolves around iconic forms, and the social memory built around them. My work has strong social, political and aesthetic intentions, however, I introduce ideas and thoughts in a way that I hope the viewer can relate to them or interpret comfortably. I'm also interested in what the viewer brings to the work - their own ideas and thoughts and how they can relate my work to their own personal experiences.'
In 2000 John spent two months as artist in residence in the Ceramic Department of the Wanganui Polytechnic.
John has won numerous Awards including the Premier Award at the New Zealand Society of Potters Exhibition in 2004, Supreme Award at the Waiheke Ceramics Award in 2004, Non-Functional Object Award at the New Zealand Society of Potters Exhibition in 2006, and the Waikato Award at theWaiclay National Ceramics Exhibition in 2006.
John's work is held in a number of public collections including the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Tauranga Art Gallery, Waikato Museum and Art Gallery, the James Wallace Arts Trust collection and the Sarjeant Gallery in Wanganui.
In 2012 John was an artist in residence at Tylee cottage in Whanganui.