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2024 Winter School – Baroque Echoes. Contemporary Narratives in Ceramics with David Ray



10am to 4pm each day


 Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 July 2024


David Ray


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Canberra Potters 2024 Winter School

Baroque Echoes. Contemporary Narratives in Ceramics with David Ray

Date: Wednesday 10th to Sunday 14th July

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm daily

Cost: $850 (Materials, tools, and firing costs included)

Overview: Join us to delve into the world of ceramics with the esteemed artist David Ray. Renowned for his flamboyant Baroque style and insightful commentary on contemporary culture, David  will guide participants through a five-day immersive masterclass.

We are delighted to have one of Australia's most respected ceramic artists, David Ray for this five-day demonstration and hands-on workshop. David is an experienced teacher of ceramics. 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.

The course will focus on hand-building - making shapes and cutting them up to construct a dynamic form  incorporating sprig moulds (students will make their moulds as part of the class)

Key Highlights:

  • Discover David Ray's distinctive Baroque style characterised by vibrant colours, rich textures, and intricate designs.
  • Gain firsthand insights as David demonstrates his spontaneous and expressive approach to ceramics, honed over three decades of experience.
  • Get hands-on with clay as you create your own unique ceramic piece, guided by David's expert techniques and personalised feedback.
  • Dive deep into the art of hand-building construction and deconstruction, unravelling the secrets of this timeless art form.
  • Engage in discussions on contemporary consumerism and cultural themes as David shares his unique perspectives woven into his artwork.

David Ray

David Ray is a contemporary ceramic artist based in the Yarra Valley, Victoria His works challenge conventions with their wild and flamboyant aesthetics. Graduating with Honors of Fine Arts (Ceramics) from RMIT, Melbourne in 1995, David has established himself as one of Australia's leading ceramic artists.

His artworks are held in prestigious collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Victoria and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Recipient of multiple art awards, David is not only an accomplished artist but also an experienced educator, having taught at RMIT University, Holmesglen TAFE, and various schools across Australia.

As a public speaker and workshop facilitator, David brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for ceramics to each interaction.



Bookings open 

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Intermediate to advanced potters