Paul character jug produced by Paul Rayner of Whanganui, New Zealand, in 2013. Paul is a member and leader of the fictitious pop group, Paul Rayner and the Ray Tones. All members of the Ray Tones are self-portraits of artist Paul Rayner. Paul Rayner (1959- ) is an English-New Zealand ceramicist known for his work creating pop culture figures in the tradition of Toby jugs and Staffordshire figurines. Born in England, Rayner moved to New Zealand as a teenager. After working at the Sarjeant Gallery in Whanganui, he developed an interest in art. Rayner was awarded a Bachelor of Fine Arts focused on painting at the University of Auckland before working in New Zealand museums and art galleries while developing his ceramics. After leaving the Sarjeant Gallery in 2006, Paul has run a gallery and often collaborates with his brother Mark Rayner.
Paul Rayner and the Ray Tones