The most recent tableware uses textured surfaces and shapes that relate strongly to us as New Zealanders. All of Royce’s work is designed and manufactured at his studio in Brightwater. He has production assistants who are involved in the production processes. Many methods of construction are used including ram-pressing, slip casting, hand building and throwing. Producing his own clays on site, he uses primarily white stoneware and paper clay. In the gallery at Brightwater you can see a full range of Royce’s works including functional tableware, and textural functional works that are evocative of New Zealand. A wide variety of Royce’s ceramic art pieces are on display including sculptural teapots, which have been a lifetime interest of his. It is amazing to see the wide variety of themes that Royce explores both in clay and in works on paper and canvas. When Royce first began painting he worked with pen and ink wash, and later moved to gouache often painting floral subjects in a loose and free style. More recently Royce has been working with acrylic on both paper and canvas employing a more abstract theme.
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