Roy T Holland Award

In recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry.

Roy T Holland Award

The Roy T Holland Award is presented in recognition of meritorious service in manufacture and technology within the traditional ceramics industry.

The winner will receive a ceramic plaque.

Award judging

The award is judged by the IOM3 Ceramics Leadership Team.

Past winners

2021 -
2022 Not awarded, 2021 Not awarded

2001 - 2020
2020 J Sandford, 2019 Not awarded, 2018 P Jackson, 2017 F Morrall, 2016 M Lombardo, 2015 D Brosnan, 2014 S Bridge, 2013 Not awarded, 2012 Not awarded, 2011 K Morton, 2010 Alan Baxter, 2009 Keith Shankland, 2008 Dr D Spencer, 2007 Tom Shingler, 2006 N Andrew, 2005 N P Glasson, 2004 J T Green, 2003 W Roberts, 2002 D Mitchell, 2001 A J Forrester


Roy T Holland (1912-1991)

Progressive Potter and Brave Airman

Roy Holland died on 9 December 1991, at the age of 79, was well known as a potter in Stoke-on-Trent before the war and in Poole during the post-war years.

Born in Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1912, Roy Thompson Holland, DFC and bar, FICeram, was educated at Newcastle High School before joining his father, Percy Holland, in 1929, at the Empire Porcelain Co Ltd, where he rose from Trainee Manager to General Manager.

Roy took up flying two years before the war and this led to six years of war service in the RAF.  As a navigator, he flew a tour of 30 missions, including the raid on the Renault factory, and on one occasion his flying ability and courage enabled him to bring a damaged plane and dead pilot back to base.

After demobilisation in 1945, Roy joined Poole Pottery as Works Manager and, in 1947, he planned and guided the modernisation that changed the company from a craft pottery to a tableware manufacturer of national and international repute by retaining the quality and flair of the craft pottery tradition within a factory using flow-line principles and the latest equipment.  He was appointed Managing Director in 1963, and held this post until his retirement in 1976.  Roy remained a well-known figure in Stoke-on-Trent through his contacts with the British Ceramic Manufacturers’ Federation, the British Ceramic Research Association and the Institute of Ceramics.

His retirement was spent on the South Coast where he enjoyed golf and gardening until his death in 1991.

British Ceramic Transaction and Journal vol.91 no.1 p iv, 1992

The Roy T Holland award was proposed by a nephew, Alan Moulds, in memory of his uncle.

Nomination process

The following information is required to submit a nomination:

  • Nominee's title, full name, email address, IOM3 member grade (if applicable) and postnominals, company and position
  • Citation (500 words max) to support your nomination
  • Additional documentation (i.e. letters of support, CV, list of publications) to further support your nomination
  • Details of an external referee (only if the nominee and nominator are from the same organisation).

Please note you may save your nomination as a draft at any point during the process and complete at a later date.