Today we’d like to introduce you to Sally Ray.
Sally, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have always made things. Decorative things, functional things, things to eat, wear, play with, look at, and things to make other things. At a young age, I became intrigued with prosthetic makeup and specialty costuming, an interest that became a 20+ year career in the film and television industry, working on such films as Gremilns 2, The Nutty Professor, Men in Black, Galaxy Quest and the Cell.
After becoming a project manager and missing the hands-on work of building and designing, I returned to school to study Interior Design at UCLA Extension and Woodworking/Furniture making at Cerritos College.
I am lucky to have a spouse/partner that loves tools as much as I do. Our shop currently includes Fiber and CO2 laser cutters, a 4’x8′ CNC router, small vacuform, 3d printer, a 16-needle embroidery machine and many woodworking machines and tools. Soon to arrive; a CNC knitting machine!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Change can be difficult, and for people with many interests, it can be a hard road to choose a singular path. But even those who seek master their one craft benefit by exposing themselves to other trades. Finding inspiration and knowledge outside of your area of expertise can only enhance one’s work.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I have two businesses, 8th Ray Design and Fabrication and Zombolina’s Cabinet of Curiosities. 8th Ray formed to provide custom laser and CNC services to both individuals and companies. We have a well tooled workshop in which to design and fabricate custom props, costume elements, furniture elements, executive gifts and awards, memorials, stencils, signage and display items. We specialize in custom, low volume and one-off items, but can also set up for higher production runs. We strive for excellence, attention to detail and customer satisfaction.
One of our specialties has been custom wood marquetry and inlays. “Pictures in wood” can be incorporated into custom wood furniture and wood work, or as stand alone pieces.
Zombolina’s Cabinet of Curiosities was born from a love of Halloween and Victorian – Gothic design. Offering Hand poured human bone candles, home decor items, custom embroidery patches, bags and laser cut memento mori pins, we are adding designs and items each year. Our signature wood crafted Heirloom Halloween Countdown Calendar is currently in production. Low volume, high quality, handmade items set us apart. Zombolina reminds us to “Embrace life and live it… Death comes for us soon enough”.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Every day that I can help produce an item to match a client’s vision and expectation is a proud day.
- Hand poured Human Bone Candles: $20-$28 Set of Five $105
- Count down Halloween chalkboard (Cat or Bat) $45
- Dancing Skeleton Patches $15
- Website: 8thray.com zombolina.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @zombloina
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.ray/ https://www.facebook.com/8thRayDesign
Sally Ray, James Sarrett