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Meet the Artist: Rachel Rivas-Plata

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

Encaustic wax art & Jewelry | Wolf Pup Studios

Rachel Rivas Plata- Wolf Pup Studios

Born and raised in northeast Ohio, Rachel earned a B.A. in Studio Art (Ceramics & Drawing) at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, and she has since continued her education in pottery and graphic design. In 2018, she began working with encaustic wax medium - a mixture of beeswax and damar resin. Versatility and the element of surprise that come with working with melted wax always keep her challenged and interested. Many of the pieces begin as photographs and digital images that she prints and adheres to wood before coating them in beeswax. Others are painted directly onto wood with pigmented wax medium or clear medium that she covers with pastels. Her inspiration springs from the beauty and patterns found in the natural world as well as a unique collection of photos and artifacts from her Western Reserve ancestors. Since 2019, she has proudly donated a portion of her business profits to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI of Geauga) in an effort to help our community. To see more of her art, you can visit her website at