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cls_wks_davidray01We are thrilled to have one of Australia's most loved and respected ceramic artists, David Ray (AKA "The Duke of Dirt") for this one-day demonstration and hands-on workshop! David is an experienced teacher of ceramics and not only will you see him demonstrate his spontaneous, gestural approach to ceramics and hear him discuss his development and career, you will also be guided to make a piece of your own ceramics based on his fun and flamboyant technique! This is a rare chance to see him in action! Since completing a Fine Arts degree at RMIT, Melbourne, in 1995, David Ray has practiced as a ceramicist. Working in both earthenware and porcelain, Ray explores the products of eighteenth-century ceramic manufacturers 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 held numerous solo exhibitions including David Ray Retrospective – They don’t make ‘em like that anymore, Ararat Reginal Art Gallery, 2012; Infinite Variety, Nellie Castan Gallery, 2012; David Ray Contemporary Ceramics, Bayside Arts & Cultural Centre, 2011 and Vessel, Nellie Castan Gallery, 2010. He has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies including an Australian Council Development Grant and National Exhibition Touring Support. His work is held in public collections across Australia, including the National Gallery of Victoria (NVG), Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) and the Victorian College of the Arts (bequeathed from the Margaret Lawrence Australian Ceramic Collection). Ray is represented in Melbourne by Anna Pappas Gallery. No experience necessary: all levels welcome. Teachers note: David will provide a guided lesson plan for you to take to your classroom! Please note: we do not give refunds if you change your mind but transfers are fine!

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