We all know what fun it is to peek into someone else’s studio. I got the chance to peek into Olivia Surrat’s studio not too long ago. Olivia works in metal and wire with some polymer clay added for color. Her studio is compact and efficient. She’s lined it with Billy bookcases and added doors to take away some of the visual clutter you get when you have thousands of components stored in see through containers. Olivia also snagged couple of old card catalog files and a great long sturdy jeweler’s bench that looks much more comfortable to sit at than a regular bench. And will you look at that stake in the picture with the anvil? She found it at a house sale. That’s where you find great stuff.
The doorway to Olivia’s Studio
The window gives lots of light
Metal waiting to become jewelry
Here’s that great forming stake!
Some polymer clay beads in the making and some interesting glass and shell beads.
View from the bench. Note the slots for pin vises and mandrils.
‘Polymer clay and PMC bracelets, and some strung glass beads.
Close up of polymer clay beads in various stages of finishing
Some of Olivia’s wire work. She was lucky to be able to take a class with Lynn Merchant
Beads from around the world or the house sale around the block
Olivia collects polymer clay pieces but we were having so much fun we never got to pull out her collection. The item above is a purse by Kathleen Dustin. The sign on top of the shelf is a reminder that you don’t need to take everything so seriously.
Truman, Olivia’s Canine companion is a charmer. He’s not a true studio dog because he’s not allowed in the studio, but he gives encouragement from the hall way where he plays with his toys and anything else that people bring into his house that seems new and interesting. Like my husband’s briefs which kept him occupied for a good long time until we realized why he was so fascinated.