David Ray

Ceramic Artist Biography

Born 1972, Ararat, Victoria
1993 RMIT University – Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, completed with High Distinction
1995 RMIT University – Honours Degree of Fine Arts, Ceramics, completed with High Distinction
2012 “David Ray Retrospective” Ararat Regional Gallery, VIC
2011 “David Ray Contemporary Ceramics”, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, VIC
2010 “Vessel” Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, VIC
2008 “Triumph” Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, VIC
2006 “Master and Servant” Craft Victoria, part of Melbourne International Arts Festival, VIC
2005 “Funked Antique” Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, VIC
2004 “You’ll Look Good In This” Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, VIC
  “David Ray Displayed” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
2002 “David Ray Ceramics” Haecceity Arts, Carlton, VIC
2001 “No Beginning No End” Haecceity Arts, Carlton, VIC
  “In Retrospective” Maroondah City Gallery, Ringwood, VIC
1998 “Opulence” Craft Victoria, Fitzroy, VIC
  “Dog Show: How much is that doggie in the window?” IT inc., Fitzroy, VIC
2012 “Cicely and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award” The Ian Potter Centre:NGV Australia
2011 “National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize” UQ Art Musem, QLD
2010 “Basil Sellers Art Prize”, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, VIC
2005 “City of Hobart Art Prize” Hobart, TAS
2003 “Festival Art Awards” Cowra Art Gallery, Cowra, NSW
  “Castlemaine State Festival Ceramic Award” Maldon Community Centre, Castlemaine, VIC
  “Gold Coast Ceramic Award” Gold Coast, QLD
2000 “National Trust Dame Nancy Buttfield Award for Decorative Arts” Ayers House, Adelaide, SA
1999 “Representing Australia at Talente” Young International Design Craft Award, Germany
1998 “Gold Coast International Ceramic Award” Gold Coast, QLD
1995 “Fresh!” Craft Victoria, Fitzroy, VIC
1993 “Fresh!” Craft Victoria, Fitzroy, VIC
1998 Seventeenth Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award for Merit
1995 RMIT University, Walker Ceramic Award for Excellence
1993 Craft Victoria, Fresh! Selectors Award
  RMIT University, Northcote Pottery Award for Outstanding Progress
National Gallery of Victoria, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Victorian College of the Arts (bequeathed from the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramics Collection), Queensland University of Technology, Shepparton Regional Art Gallery, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, The Clay Studio Philadelphia, Yarra Valley Anglican School
2011 “Collaborative Witness”, UQ Art Museum, QLD
2010 “Childhood”, Craft Victoria (part of Craft Cubed Festival), VIC
  “A New Look” Cudgegong Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
2009 “Sculpture by the Sea, All Handmade Gallery, NSW
2008-10 “New Under The Sun” Jewish Museum of Australia (touring Australia various locations)
2008 “Who Let the Dogs Out” Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery & Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, NSW
2006 “Common Goods” (part of the cultural festival of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games), Melbourne Museum in conjunction with Craft Victoria
2005 “Boys Will Be Boys” with Vipoo Svrilasa and Gerry Wedd, All Hand Made Gallery, Bronte, NSW
  “Chilli”, Cudgegong Art Gallery, Gulgong, NSW
  “The Home Show” Glen Eira City Gallery, VIC
2004 “Made at The Clay Studio” The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, USA
  “Precious Platters” Jewish Museum of Australia, East St Kilda, VIC
2003 “Tea for Two Christmas Exhibition” Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, VIC
  “Imperial Porcelain 4317” Skepsi on Swanston, Melbourne, VIC
  “Masterworks at Montsalvat” Montsalvat, Eltham, VIC
  “White Out” Nellie Castan Gallery, South Yarra, VIC
2002 “SOFA:Sculpture Objects & Functional Art” Chicago, USA
  “Less Is More/Less Is A Bore” Brisbane City Gallery, QLD
2001 “Tilla Europa” Linden Art Gallery, St Kilda, VIC
  “Tea Pot Show” Clay Workers Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2000 “Contemporary Australian Ceramics” Fringe Pottery Gallery, Hong Kong
1999 “Delegates Exhibition” Australian National Ceramics Conference, Perth, WA
  “Good Bye Kind World” RMIT University Storey Hall, Melbourne, VIC
  “Hybrid Creatures” Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart, TAS
  “Tea Pot Show” Distelfink, Armadale, VIC
  “The Australian Craft & Design Showcase” Glen Eira City Gallery, Caulfield, VIC
1998 “The Great Australian Tea Pot Show” Distelfink, Armadale, VIC
  “Future Perfect, Past Tense” Touring Exhibition, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne
  “Object” gallery – Linden Art Gallery, poster – seven bus stops, retail – IT Inc., VIC
  “Inaugural Australian Craft Showcase” Glen Eira City Gallery, Caulfield, VIC
  “Pursued Reality II” Craft Victoria, Fitzroy, VIC
1995 “New Wave” Victorian Ceramic Group, Southbank, VIC
  “RMIT Graduate Show” Meat Market Craft Centre, North Melbourne, VIC
1994 “Home is Where the Art Is” Artspace, Adelaide, SA
  “Pursued Reality” Craft Victoria, Fitzroy, VIC
Artist in Residence
2010 Yarra Valley Grammar School, one month
2004 Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Swan Hill, VIC, one month
  Clay Studio,Philadelphia,USA, two months
2002 Open Bench, Craft Victoria, Melbourne, VIC, one month
2001 Jam Factory, Adelaide, SA, three months
2000 VictorianCollegeof the Arts, Melbourne, VIC, for the academic year
Professional Grants
2004 National Exhibition Touring Support research grant for Swan Hill residency
1999 Australia Council Development Grant to travel with eight ceramic artists to the Ceramic Millennium Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Practical Demonstrations
2002 “Working the Surface” Conference/Workshops, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW
2001 South Australian Potter’s Society, Adelaide University, Adelaide, SA
1999 9th National Ceramic Conference, Perth, WA
1998 Marguerite Mahood Retrospective, Shepparton Regional Gallery, VIC
Teaching and Workshops
Geelong College, Presbyterian Ladies College, Roxborough College, Yarra Valley Grammar School, Woori Yallock Primary School, Victorian College of the Arts, City of Glen Eira (Oak Tree House), City of Whitehorse, Caulfield Park Community School, Mooroolbark Community Centre, The Council of Adult Education, Parkville Youth Residential Centre, Yarra Valley Arts Council Summer School, RMIT, Eastern Access Community Health, Shire of Yarra Ranges
1997 “Degradation” Yarra Valley Anglican School, Ringwood, VIC
  “What a Wonderful World” Wall Mural, Woori Yallock Primary School, Woori Yallock, VIC
2011 Art Almanac, October 2011, front cover image
2009 Inside Out Magazine, p.127 image only
2006 “Image Transfer on Clay”, book by Paul Andrew Wandless, p. 37 image only
  The Melbourne Design Guide, “South of China”, p.207, article by David Ray
  The Age 18/10 “A Dog a Day Keeps Extravagance at Bay”, article by Megan Backhouse
2005 The Age 06/07 “Arcadia All on the Surface”, article by Robert Nelson
  Herald Sun 06/07 “Going to War with China”, article by Felicity Allen
  Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 61, “Artist Residency at The Clay Studio”, p. 58,59 article by David Ray
2004 Victorian Ceramic Group Link No#297, “Letters from America and Beyond”, article by David Ray
  Pottery In Australia Vol 43#1, “Ceramic Sculpture at Nellie Castan Gallery”, article by Sarah Bond
2003 “Sex Pots – Eroticism in Ceramics”, book by Paul Mathieu, pg 120, 124Ceramics Art and Perception Vol 54, December, pg 89, 92, image only
1999 The Herald Sun 12/4 “Thanks, Mr Squiggle”, article by Sarah Hudson
  Pottery In Australia Vol 38, December, “David Ray’s Naked Lunch”, article by Justin Clemens
1998 Country Style April pg 12 “Out There: Things to See, Things to Do, Things to Wish For”, image only
  Herald Sun 26/1 “Quirky Ceramics Full of Humour”, article by Naomi Cass
  News Extra 10/2 “Ray’s Not Pottering Around”, article by Lin Fong
  The Age 8/4 “Crafty Moves for Success”, article by Zinta Jurjans Heard
  The Age 22/4 “Warmth and Richness of Crafty Installations”, article by Anna Clabburn
  Herald Sun Home Magazine 13/6 “Stretching the Rules” pg 26,27 article by Judy Ostergaard
1994 The Age 17/5 “Catch a Ride to See a New Frontier” article by Jenny Zimmer
  “RMIT Discovery” Volume 2, No 4, December pg 23, image only
1993 The Age 10/11 “Australian Crafts Lay Claim to Summers Talent”, article by Jenny Zimmer
2011 “Collaborative Witness:Artists’ responses to the plight of the asylum seeker and refugee”, UQ Art Museum
2010 “Basil Sellers Art Prize” Ian Potter Museum of Art, p. 36
2004 “Precious Platters” Jewish Museum of Australia, p. 67
2002 “Attitude:New Australian Ceramists” essay by Kevin Murray, SOFA Chicago, p. 26,27
1999 “Diverse Delegates” Talente Exhibition p. 46
  “Hybrid Creatures” The University of Tasmania, p.20
1998 “Opulence” Craft Victoria
  “Past Tense Future Perfect” National Touring Exhibition
  “Object – Focus on Emerging Craft” Craft Victoria
1993-95 RMIT Graduate Exhibitions, undergraduate and honours catalogues

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