Studio Snapshot – Connie Pelkey

Artist name: Connie Pelkey

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Location: Augusta, Maine

Blog: Constance Pelkey Designs

Other websites: Etsy Shop and  Artfire Shop

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes

Where is it located? The small front room on the second floor of our home is the main studio where I work in PC, PMC, sewing, bead stringing and wire wrapping. My kiln, buffer, tumbler, and convection oven live in a small area of the basement, and a small photo studio is set up in the 3rd floor attic space. I crochet and bead weave in the living room while watching TV in the evening, and in the summer I often bring a small set up of whatever I am working on outside to the back deck.

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Is it a large or small space? The main space is small, very small.

What medium(s) do you work in? Polymer Clay, Precious Metal Clay, Beads, Wire, free style sewing and crochet.

Do you have a separate area for each? Yes, I try to

What one word would you use to describe your studio? Small

What do you think is the best feature of your studio? It’s mine! I don’t share this room with any other household function!

What would you change if you could? It’s size and the carpeting on the floor!

Can you share an organizational tip? Everything NEEDS a home and when you are done with it, put it away! (yeah, right! !)

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Describe the usual state of your work table? In progress. I ALWAYS have something I’m working on, on it!

Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? The main place I sit (PC station) faces out into the room and a window is on my right. The PMC station is on the opposite side of the table and I sit facing the wall with the window on my left. The sewing and stringing stations are on the opposite side of the room.

What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space?
Having a space so small I need to split up the finishing (basement) and photo studio areas. I’d LOVE to have a larger room with space for everything in it. I am happy with what I have for now.


Do you have any studio mascots (pets, mannequin whatever)?
Yes, I have a Betta fish and my dog Nero is ever present wherever I am.

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Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board?
Yeah, there’s a bulletin board above my head as I sit at the sewing station… I see it clearly from my main PC station.

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Do you listen to music in your studio? Yep! What kind? Eclectic.

Do you display your own work in your studio? Yeah, there’s pieces around the room.

Other artists’ work? A few.

What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio? There’s a door with no actual door on hinges that leads into our bedroom. I’ve placed a cabinet right in the doorway and my wire wrap station is in the cabinet as well as some storage, there’s a small TV on top of the cabinet which can be spun around so we can watch TV in bed if we like… more often than not though the TV is on HGTV as I work. i LOVE that network!

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Polymer Clay, Beadwork and Mixed-Media Jewelry Artist.