How did you get into making jewellery?
I started when I was 12, my mum would buy my sis & I plastic beads & I would mix them with shells I'd found, we would 'borrow' my dads pliers & soldering wire (much to his annoyance!) & sit in front of the fire making jewellery, I however never grew out of it! I decided at 16 I wanted to do 'something' creative so did a two year B-Tec National Diploma in Art & Design at the South Devon College of Art & Design, specialising in jewellery in my final year, I then did a three year BA (Hons) 3D Design in Metal & Jewellery Degree at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design. I haven't looked back since..mainly as I have some outstanding library books! ;)
Describe your workspace: One word; Matchbox! My workshop is in a 5 foot by 6 foot 'room', unfortunately our airing cupboard is also in that 'room'..taking up nearly half of space! There's just enough room for my beautiful bench where I beaver away making what I call my 'dirty work', all Silver & Gold work, filing, hammering, drilling, polishing etc. My 'clean work' i.e all beading & stringing etc is done in the corner of our lounge, not much room either but at least I have a sea view from here!
What inspires you?
What are your top 5 tools and why are they so good?
4; Ottlite light, give's a 'natural light' so perfect for fine beading & stringing work, also works really well for photographing work too, love it.
What’s your favorite gemstone and why?
What advice would you offer beginners wanted to start making their own jewellery?
What jewellery making technique do you use most often?
Tell us about your shop/website/ or how you sell your creations:
What advice do you have for anyone wanting to start selling their own creations?
Which other jewellery maker or designer do you admire? And why?
Visit Olivia's website www.oliviawotton.co.uk