Not everyone can look at something typically viewed as less than pretty and view it as an inspiration to create something beautiful. Raachel Meszaros is an artisan who views the underbelly of nature and all of its blemishes and boils as her everyday inspiration when creating custom jewelry. She definitely finds the “beauty in the blemish.”
Rachel graduated from Ball State University in December 2015 with a degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in Metalsmithing. Although it wasn’t that easy for Rachel to pick a major, she knew her passion was working in 3D art through all of her back and forth decision making.
With two parents who went to art school, Rachel never had to worry about not having people to bounce ideas off of. Many of her classmates deemed her “lucky” for having creative parents. Rachel agrees that she got very lucky and she’s pretty much had a crayon in her hand for as long as she can remember. As a child, pivotal moments as an artist included creating nativity sets out of scrap, while now it’s hand crafting unique HeidiJHale designs in our studio with precious metals and unique gemstones.
When you ask Rachel what her favorite part about being a professional artisan at HeidiJHale is, she replies with, “Everything is my favorite part.” Like many of our other artisans she enjoys the time she gets to spend exploring her own creativity while also working in learning environment. If she’s not getting tips and expert advice from Heidi herself, she’s getting feedback from her peers working around her. We have loved seeing Rachel grow as an artist.
Heidi has refined me and made me more polished. – Rachel Meszaros
Every artist has their own unique style and methods for creating. Much of this comes from what they draw inspiration from and the influential teachers they learned from. Even though Rachel’s methods are very process oriented, she doesn’t always know what her design will end up being until she reaches the final steps of the creative process. This makes watching her designs unfold exciting for all artisans in our studio.
Being attracted to the less attractive parts of nature, Rachel has the ability to make a lot of things look beautiful. A lot of her most recent pieces are inspired by parts of the deep sea, such as barnacles. Rachel is moving in a direction where she believes a lot of her designs will be inspired by insects and other tiny things, and we are interested to see what kind of jewelry she will she will create with this in mind.
If you’re interested in pieces designed by Rachel, your best bet is to visit our studio store in downtown Muncie, Indiana. Many of Rachel’s designs are one of a kind and can only be purchased in our store alongside over 100 other one of a kind designs. We’d love to see you.