Shona Rae was a professional clay sculptor before a series of dreams led her to begin studying goldsmithing and the metal arts in 1994. She received her Diploma in applied art and design from the Kootenay School of the Arts Cooperative in 1998 and her BFA with distinction in the year 2000 from the Alberta College of Art + Design.

Returning to Calgary in 2002 after teaching jewellery at the Kootenay School of the Arts for two years Rae began teaching at ACAD in 2003 and opened INFLUX Jewellery Gallery with three partners in 2004. They sold it in 2011 and it continued to operate until May of 2015.

Shona Rae has won numerous national and international awards, government grants and attention for her sculptural art in Europe and North America. Last fall she received the “Award of Excellence” from the Alberta Craft Council. This spring she is the recipient of the “ACAD Alumni Legacy Award” and “The Steel Trophy Award” from the Canadian Metal arts Guild.

Ms. Rae finished her opus series of twenty-two sculptural fairy tale rings in 2014 that she began in 1998. In May of 2013 a documentary was launched that filmed the creation of one of the sculptures from start to finish.

Shona continues her professional studio practice, teaches part time and is the lead singer/songwriter for “Shona Rae and the VooDoo Hand”, a professional swamp-a-billy rock band.

An utter Madwoman, Shona Rae maintains a commitment to the study, practice and education of art, craft, design and ROCK and ROLL!!!