Julia Rai is an artist, writer and teacher working predominately in metal clay. She has a teaching studio called the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery (CSACJ) based just outside St Austell in Cornwall, UK.
Well known in the international metal clay community, she has been working with metal clay since 2004 and teaching it since 2007. She holds a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, multiple metal clay qualifications and she is a fully qualified further education teacher.
Julia is on the board of the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide(AMCAW). AMCAW’s mission is to encourage a flourishing international metal clay community by nurturing artistic and instructional excellence and providing resources to inspire, engage and support artists of all levels.
Within AMCAW, Julia is chair of the Curating for Excellence committee and vice chair of the Certification committee. The Curating for Excellence committee is responsible for promoting the excellence of work being created in metal clay through juried publications and exhibits. The Certification committee will develop the brand-neutral metal clay teacher and artisan certification programs.
She is the Director of the Metal Clay Academy, an online resource for everyone interested in metal clay. Launched in 2008, Julia has been the webmaster, editor and researcher for this metal clay resource website from the beginning.
Her spare time is currently taken up with working on projects for the metal clay Masters Registry and she has achieved Registry IV, the first person in the world to achieve this level.
She writes regularly for a number of magazines including Making Jewellery in the UK and the international Metal Clay Artist Magazine which is now online at Creative Fire.
Her first book was published in 2017. It is available from Amazon or you can order a signed copy from the CSACJ website.
She teaches a wide range of metal clay related classes at all levels. She also has a number of downloadable video classes on Craftcast and the Jewellers Academy.