Rachel Pfeffer | DC Artist

Photographed by: Rachel Maucieri | Interview of: Rachel Pfeffer

How did you get started?

I grew up in my family's jewelry store, where my father was a jeweler. All through school and college I had no desire to learn the trade at all. It wasn't until a year after graduating while I was working in a museum in Boston that I realize I wanted to start making jewelry. 

What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?

I'm inspired by the materials around me mostly. Sometimes I'll just see two stones next to each other on my workbench and realize that those colors need to be in a piece together, or I'll see a triangle of silver next to a circle of wire and that will inspire a whole new line. 

How do you balance your personal time + work? / How do you create separation?

For a few years I was working out of my house, which was great but also made it impossible to separate work from life.  

I recently moved into a studio space that has a shop in front, and that made it much easier to just go home and be home. I'm almost always working on my computer though when I'm not in the studio.

What keeps you motivated?/ Why do you love doing this?

I love just making new and beautiful pieces for people to cherish and pass on! 

Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years? / What’s next for your brand? 

I would love to expand into finer jewelry and really flesh out a bridal line. I've been doing a lot of custom work but have a few designs in mind that I think would be make for some fine engagement rings!