Ray Yan studied jewellery design in Beijing, and also attended the Fashion Institute and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in the Chinese capital.
After graduating her work was nominated for several awards and competitions. Her work was presented at several exhibitions in China and different magazines covered her pieces. She started her own label hard candy and combines her own studio work with lecturing at CAFA for the jewellery department.
Ray Yan feels attracted to the gothic subculture, to the dark atmosphere of death and to the liberating believe and feelings of new life after death. All are a source of inspiration for her work.