Introducing Lott Studio, new to Monk House Design!
Lott Studio is run by Kari Layton and Briedi McCrostie. Founded by Kari who started her journey as a jeweller in Berlin, working within a small design collective. Since then she has grown the business enough to include longtime friend Briedi. The pair has spent time here and overseas honing their craft and working with a variety of boutiques and other local artisans. Lott Studio pieces are thoughtfully considered and refined whilst maintaining that all-important presence of the hand. They have the ability to slip into everyday life with particular ease, each piece is highly wearable, and in our opinion applicable for any occasion, being that notable sliver of silver on the hand- or that little pip of gold on the ear.
What led you to become a jeweller?
What does your workday look like?
Most days involve a range of different tasks. Some days we work closely with customers on custom pieces, organise production or piece development and work on the bench. Other days we are in the city looking for stones, visiting setters and picking up metal. Plus there's the admin in there somewhere and our studio is open to public Wednesday - Saturday so we are always making sure we are ready for that. Our days are very busy and we always try to work in flexibility and balance. We are a small but strong team of 3 women, myself, Briedi and Tia. We usually have breaks and get carried away with conversation when we need to unwind.
What is your favourite thing about what you do? And what is the biggest challenge about what you do?
The independents and ability to do things that you truly believe in. There are many parts of our day where we have to take on tasks we don't feel strong in or don't enjoy, but these facilitate us to be able to do the things we really love and are passionate about. Staying on top of the studio workload and keeping a good balance in ourselves to be able to produce pieces we truly feel proud of.
Do you listen to anything while you are in the studio?
Yes absolutely!! We are avid podcast listeners! Making jewellery is a slow and mechanical process and listening to podcasts allows us to focus for longer periods of time on pieces. It's also full of inspiration and new learnings.
Where do you draw inspiration?