The Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery is based on the St Austell campus of Cornwall College. We specialise in metal clay courses and classes as well as allied subjects and jewellery making. Director and principle tutor Julia Rai has been working with metal clay for many years and is internationally well known in the metal clay community.

Our Tutors

Director and principle tutor at the school is Julia Rai. She teaches all of our metal clay courses. She is well known in the international metal clay community and runs the Metal Clay Academy website when she’s not teaching or writing.

Julia Rai

Visiting Tutors

From time to time, we run master classes with expert tutors and you can see who we currently have on the schedule below.

We moved into the studio at Cornwall College in May 2018 and really love it. 

It’s well equipped for both metal clay courses and traditional metal working techniques. 

There’s plenty of space to spread out and get creative and lots of inspiration. Have a look around…. 

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Our History

Art, Craft and Metal Clay Courses

The school was originally founded by Julia Rai and Marion Wilson. It opened in 2013 and was situated in Bodmin, Cornwall. We scheduled a range of art, craft, jewellery and metal clay courses and classes and also taught for Cornwall Adult Education.

We were the only school in the UK to include metal clay in mainstream accredited qualifications. The NCFE Creative Craft Level 1 and 2 qualifications were externally assessed and our student’s work went through an internal and external assessment process. This verified the standard of our training. We were also subject to Ofsted inspection and rated excellent for our teaching standards. 

Today, Marion has moved on and continues to create work as a volunteer blacksmith at Weald & Downland Living Museum in Chichester. She is such a skilled blacksmith that she has won several awards for her work. 

Julia decided to continue the school and has been teaching metal clay and allied subjects in her home studio since 2015.

When the opportunity arose to rent a space on the St Austell campus of Cornwall College, she jumped at the chance to expand the space and offer classes to more students.