Necklaces made by RJK Studio in Cocoa — Photo courtesy of RJK Studio
Artist Rachel Kercher sold her hand-crafted, glass creations, equally as useful and practical as stunning to look at. Glass sea turtle pendants. Colorful sinks, cabinet knobs, bowls, clocks, bracelets.
It was wearable, useable art, and with a total Space Coast flavor – with bright colors, ocean influences and a one-of-a-kind attention to detail.
Rachel Kercher works on her hand-crafted art at RJK Studio — Photo courtesy of RJK Studio
Recently, RJK Studio expanded beyond Etsy.com and opened up a new storefront in Cocoa Beach, next to the popular Ron Jon Surf Shop, making it a convenient way for visitors to squeeze in some shopping and take home something made right on the spot.
In its new location, RJK Studio partnered with Dawn Castle of local Beach Babes Boutique to bring shoppers an even wider selection that now includes more jewelry (Hello, toe rings and hand-beaded necklaces.); soy candles; purses; and more. Everything here is unique and handmade by Brevard County artists.
Art has long been an important part of the Space Coast community, and the region is known for its quirky, local shops. So the new studio fits in seamlessly.
RJK Studio's signature sea turtle pendant — Photo courtesy of RJK Studio
One of Kercher’s signature items is her turtle pendants, which she crafts individually one at a time and cuts by hand. No necklace is ever the same. The glass centerpiece is accented with a gold- or silver-plated bail and comes on a leather cord.
Kercher creates fused and stained glass, and she specializes in making pieces of art that you can incorporate into your daily life. You'll see her creations on backsplashes, floors, mirrors and vanities. She also takes custom orders.
Her fused glass products combine layers of glass with metals and materials, such as gold and copper. This blending creates a swirling layer of colors that are always one of a kind. Fused glass is Kercher’s passion.
A glass bowl made my Rachel Kercher — Photo courtesy of RJK Studio
Kercher, who grew up in England, says she’s been an artist all her life. In fact, her dad, Brian Milne, was a glass artist, too.
Over the years, Kercher has expressed her creativity in different ways (including as a caterer for big-name rock bands, like Aerosmith), but her foodie-roadie lifestyle settled back down when she decided to have a family.
That’s when she refocused her energy on glasswork and found a permanent home on Florida’s sunny coast.
Although her rock-star life is in the past, Kercher says she still has one finger in the scene. Her husband’s job on the road with musicians means you very well may see one of her pieces on a big-name celeb or two.