Working in both earthenware and porcelain, Ray explores the products of 18th-century ceramic manufactories including Wedgwood, Spode and Sèvres as representations of conspicuous consumption. Broken explores notions of display and privilege inherent in these objects as it questions the role of ceramics in society as both everyday objects and symbols of wealth and status. Ray's work presents a unique opportunity to critique the role of ceramics in our domestic lives and thereby resonates with the thematics of ‘home’.
David Ray has held numerous solo exhibitions including David Ray Retrospective – They don’t make ‘em like that anymore, Ararat Regional 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 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, Swan Hill Regional Gallery, Shepparton Art Museum and the VCA.