David Ray
born Australia 1972
Stone soup 2012 (detail)
porcelain, stone
(1-6) 60.0 x 40.0 x 40.0 cm (overall) (tureen and ladle); (7-14) 4.4 x 18.0 cm diameter (each) (bowls);
(15-22) 18.0 x 8.0 x 4.0 cm (each) (spoons); (23-24) 18.0 x 4.0 x 4.0 cm (each) (salt and pepper)
Collection of the artist, Melbourne
© David Ray

David Ray


Since completing a Fine Arts degree at RMIT, Melbourne, in 1995, David Ray has practised as a ceramicist. Working in both earthenware and porcelain, Ray explores the products of eighteenth-century ceramic manufactories including Wedgwood, Spode and Sèvres as representations of conspicuous consumption. The notions of display and privilege inherent in these objects inform his work, which questions the role of ceramics in society as both utilitarian objects and as symbols of wealth and status.

Ray has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including Triumph, 2008, and Vessel, 2010, both at Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, and David Ray Retrospective, Ararat Regional Gallery, 2012. His work is held in numerous Australian collections, including the NGV. Ray is represented by Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne.