Shona Rae was a professional clay sculptor before a series of dreams led her to begin studying the metal arts in 1994. She received her Diploma in applied art and design from the Kootenay School of the Arts in 1998 and her BFA with distinction from the Alberta College of Art in 2000.
Shona has been practicing as a professional artist, goldsmith and designer ever since as well as teaching and running an art jewellery gallery, INFLUX, from 2004-2011 downtown Calgary.
Ms. Rae has won numerous government grants, national and international awards for her work including, the Award of Excellence from the Alberta Craft Council in 2015, the Alumni Award of Honour from ACAD and the Steel Trophy Award from the Canadian Metal Arts Guide in 2016.
Shona Rae recently finished her opus body of work consisting of 22 fairytale sculptural rings that she began in 1998, launching a 30 minute documentary about the creation of one of the pieces, “The Singing Bones”
Shona has completed commissions for the Glenbow Museum, the Calgary Police force, two local Catholic churches, Lougheed House, as well as, countless wedding rings, special occasion jewellery and sculpture.
A deep commitment to her visual art practice is augmented with her love of performance. She is the lead singer/songwriter for Shona Rae and the VooDoo Hand, an original Swamp-a-billy rock and roll band here in Calgary.
She is fond of saying “I wanna rock- but don’t forget the roll ya’ll!”