Julia Rai - Jewellery Tutor
First person in the world to achieve Metal Clay Masters Registry Level 4!
Art Clay Diploma Level 1 and Level 2, Five Day Metal Clay Intensive
Previous Qualifications & Training:
I have a number of professional qualifications from my days working in business but since retiring, they are much less relevant! I have passed certifications in PMC and Art Clay and I also hold the City and Guilds 7407 Further Education Teaching Qualification. I have the Metal Clay Masters Registry credential at Level 4. I’ve taken numerous short courses in subjects such as enameling, raising and forming silver, relief printmaking, etching, sculpting and carving. I’ve also taken Master Classes with many of the top artists in the fields I’m interested in. I just love learning new things!
How I got involved in making jewellery:
I’ve always been ‘crafty’ and enjoyed creating things from knitting and crochet to sculpting and embroidery. As a teenager in the late 60’s, I made necklaces using dried melon seeds which I thought were the height of fashion at the time! I took a weekend beginners silverwork class in 2003 as a birthday present to myself. On that class I first found out about metal clay and everything just took off from there.
Things I have done:
I’ve had several careers during my working life. I worked with children for 10 years, worked as a field service engineer in the City of London, run several customer service call centres in the UK and overseas, advised on customer service as a consultant and project manager and taught project management to police officers. I took early retirement in 2010 and have been busier than ever!
Things I do now:
I now work full time doing a variety of things related to metal clay and jewellery making. I am co-director of the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery and teach classes there as well as running the School which opened in March 2013. I run the Metal Clay Academy, an online resource for anyone interested in metal clay. I teach metal clay related classes in various locations around the UK and I write for several UK and International magazines. I’ve had my work included in a number of books and continue to take a keen interest in my fellow artists and what they are up to. I’m working towards the Metal Clay Masters Registry Level 5 in my spare time.
My biggest achievement so far:
Definitely setting up the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery. My business partner and I have a shared vision for the School and we’ve achieved so much in our first year, we have to remind ourselves that we only started in March 2013.
Things I hope to achieve in the Future:
In our first year of trading, the Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery started running the first ever accredited qualification to include metal clay in the curriculum. The NCFE Level 1 Award in Creative Craft was so successful that we’ve been asked to develop the next level, the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Art and Design. This qualification will also include metal clay in the curriculum and we’re hoping it will be as successful as the Level 1. If it is, we’d love to add Level 3 to our courses in 2015.
Three words that describe me are:
Reliable, positive and unflappable.
I am inspired by:
Science fiction and fantasy books, films and TV programmes, the paintings of Roger Dean and Salvador Dali and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
My Favourite Jeweller is:
Can I have two? Renee Lalique and Terry Kovalcik.
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