Rachel Pfeffer Designs

On the fateful day of July 3, 1986, Rachel Pfeffer was born. Yada, yada, yada, now she makes jewelry. She went to college at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and graduated with Highest Honors in Studio Art. After working at the Boston Museum of Science, she made her jeweler of a father happy by becoming one herself! (A jeweler, not a father). He was so happy he even made her a dust collector/ventillation system out of a silver tube and a vintage metal bread box.  Now she is living and making pretty things for you to wear in the grand old city of Washington DC.  You can find her at rachelpfeffer.com, cutpasterepeat.blogspot.com, and on Etsy.

Tell me about yourself, Rachel.
My name is Rachel, and I live and create in DC. I graduated from Brandeis University in 2008  with a degree in Fine Arts, and shortly after began making jewelry. My father is a jeweler, his brother is a jeweler, my other uncle is a jeweler, and two of my cousins are, so I guess you can say I come from a wide line of jewelers.

How did you originally get into your craft?
I grew up in my family's jewelry store, so I've been around the craft since I was born. I was never too interested in it, and my first foray into design was making duct tape purses and accessories in 8th grade (hence the Etsy name Luckyduct!). After I graduated college I worked at the Boston Science Museum for a year and started making some jewelry in my apartment, mostly by teaching myself, and after that I moved home for a bit to learn more from my dad.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Too hard!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Doing everything myself, from the business to the marketing to the designing to the making. I love doing it all, but I don't have enough time to put in as much energy into, say marketing, as I would like!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be everything, like any kid. But for the most part I think I knew I would do something creative with my hands.

What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I lovelovelove wearing my honey knuckle ring, its comfy and eye-catching and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to wear it!

What other artists out there do you love?
I love PragyaK's work, as well as SepiaLepus. I'm addicted to buying prints on Etsy for my walls.

What does your future hold?
Hopefully more jewelry making!! I would love to expand my line and be carried in more stores around the world, but until then I'll just keep making things that I love!