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About David

David Ray is one of Australia’s leading ceramic artists; his Artwork is held in numerous Australian and International collections and career spans over 25 years. He recently won the prestigious ‘2019 Winner of Excellence Award’ at the Victorian Craft Awards, which recognises the highest achievement in creativity, innovation and design across media in Victoria. In 2018 he won the Manningham ‘Victorian Ceramic Award’.

David Ray’s art provides wry commentary on contemporary consumerism and the less celebrated aspects of Australian cultural life.  Creating neo-baroque ceramics, incorporating an abundance of colours, textures and decals onto his handcrafted vessels, Ray is interested in the idea of ceramics as both functional objects and ornaments of value. 

‘David Ray’s work trod an intelligent and informed path between parody of, and homage to, the history of ceramics.  Freely worked in a highly expressive manner, it denied the obsessive perfectionism of baroque French and Italian porcelains, whilst acknowledging the way in which they can tell stories, and have political function’.   – Janet DeBoos 2017