Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspired by Nature. Achieved by Metal Clay.

MCHs October featured metal clay artist is Ali of AliBaliJewellery.

Across the Pond comes metal clay artist Ali Reid. Ali started out as a silversmithing student and achieved her goal as a full time artist creating metal clay jewelry in just a couple of years. Ali signature style is clean, simple lines, with much of her inspiration coming from the flora and fauna of Scotland. The rainbow patina she created on her jewelry is truly amazing! Let's grab a cup of tea and enjoy our interview with Ali.

When did you first become interested in Metal Clay? How long have you been designing jewelry using Metal Clay?
I first became aware of Metal Clay in 2007. I had just started a silver smithing evening class and ventured into the local bead shop to get some beads to adorn my designs. They were running metal clay classes and I decided to sign up for a three hour beginner’s course.

What was your first piece of Metal Clay jewelry?
The first piece I made was a heart shaped textured pendant and matching earrings. I made these at the course and was instantly hooked on metal clay! I attended a few more courses to learn to make rings and hollow objects. I’ve also been lucky enough to attend masterclasses by Sherri Haab and Gordon K Uyehara when they visited Scotland.

What inspires you?
My inspiration comes mainly from the flora and fauna of Scotland. Most of pieces are influenced by or created using natural objects.

Why did you design the giveaway piece? What is special about your giveaway piece?
My giveaway piece is inspired by beautiful coral rock pools which can be found on the Isle of Skye. I was attracted to the many colors in the rock pools and my coral range was designed with these images in mind. The little earrings I’m giving away are by far my best sellers, both online and at craft fairs. Fortunately I never get tired of making them and every pair is absolutely unique!

What do you enjoy most about working in Metal Clay?
I love texture and Metal Clay is just fantastic to work with, textures which would be impossible to produce in sterling silver, can be created with ease using Metal Clay. I carry a little amount of two part molding compound around with me, you never know when you might spot an interesting texture!

What is your greatest ambition as a Metal Clay artist?To continue to be fortunate enough to make my living as a metal clay artist! I started working full time as a metal clay artist in December 2009 and was lucky enough to hit the ground running as the Christmas rush kicked in! I’ve steadily built my business, expanding from just selling online and at craft fairs, to starting to supply shops and galleries. I will be doing my first trade fair in January 2012. That aside, I also want to organise myself sufficiently to create time to spend designing new and more challenging pieces, continuing to play and enjoy metal clay!

Ali is giving away a pair of her beautiful Silver Coral Post Earrings to a lucky reader!. To enter the giveaway, here are the rules:

Every person is eligible to enter the blog giveaway with up to FOUR (4) entries. How can you get an entry? You can do any of the following and then let us know that by leaving a comment under this feature so we can keep track.

1. Follow our blog and post a comment here = 1 entry
2. Check out featured artist and post favorite piece under comment here = 1 entry
3. Heart featured artist’s shop and post a comment here = 1 entry
4. Follow featured artist on Facebook and post a comment here = 1 entry
5. Make a purchase and let us know here = 2 entries
6. Refer a friend and post a comment here = 1 entry
7. Tweet about the giveaway using key word metalclayheads and post a comment here = 1 entry
8. Share the Metal Clay Heads blog giveaway link on FB (Go to and click Share) and post a comment here = 1 entry
9. If you voted and commented on our last challenge = 1 entry

The giveaway will run for two weeks. We will announce the winner on October 28th. Good luck!


  1. Lovely earrings! Posted a link on my FB Page. Great interview too!

  2. Great feature and beautiful earrings!

  3. Ali rocks! Great interview too. I love everything Ali makes and love the colors she gets with patina and enamel! Reposted to facebook, and I had already hearted your shop!

  4. Love the rings and earrings- awesome work and a terrific post!!!

  5. Thanks for the opportunity to have this article and the lovely comments everyone!

  6. Ali's jewellery is simply gorgeous! Her shop is already one of my favourites

  7. I live Ali's techniques and designs. The winner will be very lucky!

  8. Followed on Facebook and shared the link as well. Beautiful jewellery, I think I may have to purchase some pieces for Christmas presents. :-)

  9. your art work is absolutely amaZAZAZing!
    i love it!

  10. I love your work Ali!!! I posted this link on my facebook page, hearted your shop and favorited your Dandelion Wish ring! Its beautiful! It was great reading about you :)