Forget the rest...Dr Dray at Ararat
'The don't make 'em like that anymore' is a survey exhibition featuring works from the 1990s to today by Ararat-born contemporary ceramicist, David Ray.
David's influences begin with 18th century factory ceramics, such as Wedgwood, Sevres and Spode - early examples of conspicuous consumption if you will.
The investigation into these factories and the social milieu of the Industrial Revolution has formed David's central hypothesis of how utilitarian objects that have been shaped since the beginning of mankind, can transcend their original function and become a purely decorative status symbol. Objects therefore can be interpreted as a social barometer of their times which gives insight into the human condition.