Amanda Ray’s contemporary jewellery combines silver and ceramics and is inspired by the Art Deco period. Using the Japanese firing technique Raku, her glazed pieces are fired, quickly taken from the kiln and put into wood chippings and paper, which immediately ignite, creating lustrous surfaces and leaving any unglazed areas detailed by the subtle touch of smoke.
Amanda was born in Surrey, the daughter of artist Roy Ray, and moved to St Ives as a child in the early 70s. In 1992, whilst managing St Ives Ceramics for potter John Bedding, she learned raku firing. She set up her own workshop in 1995 and began to make jewellery full-time. She is a member of the Cornwall Crafts Association and has exhibited throughout the UK, as well as in Australia, Germany, France and Italy. In 2005 she was invited to work as studio assistant to Pietro Maddalena at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany. On her return to the UK she joined the Gaolyard Studios, St Ives, where she currently works alongside seven other ceramicists.