Born in Cardiff, South Wales, and now based in Llantrisant, Ray Skene is a full time lampwork glass artist..
When his daughter, Ceri, graduated in Ceramics in 1998, Ray leant a hand with her first major craft exhibition, thus she became his inspiration. After seeing how the public warmed to her fabulous sculptured works of real life models and animals, he knew that his daughter was his inspiration to learn a kindred craft. Ceri encouraged her father to try working with ceramic clay, but he felt it was a ‘messy modelling material.’
Whilst still experimenting to discover what suited him, Ray took weekend classes at Stourbridge Glass Quarter to study the art of hot glass, as well as with the ICG – International College of Glass.