Award winning jeweller Julia Rai has been working with metal clay since 2004 and teaching it since 2007. She is a Senior Art Clay Instructor, has a Diploma in Art and Design and an adult education teaching qualification. She has achieved the Metal Clay Masters Registry credential at Level IV and was the first person in the world to attain this level. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions worldwide.
Julia is the director of the Metal Clay Academy, an online resource for everyone interested in metal clay and is a regular contributor to a number of UK and International jewellery making magazines. She is co-director of the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery and teaches metal clay related subjects all over the UK.
With her business partner Marion Wilson, she developed the first fully accredited qualification in the UK to include metal clay in the curriculum. The NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Craft (Jewellery) was introduced in 2013 and taught exclusively at the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery. The NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design (Mixed Media) also includes metal clay in the curriculum and ran in the 2014-15 academic year in Cornwall. Julia and Marion are planning a Level 3 metal clay qualification which is due to run in the 2015-16 academic year and will be the first fully accredited qualification to focus on metal clay in the UK.
Find Julia online here: JuliaRai.co.uk.