My name is Celeste Haar and although I am called a lot of things the one that I am most proud of (after Mom and Wife) is Metry Chick! I am THE Metry Chick, artist, creator and head chick for MetryChick.com. I am a mom of three, (Two teen girls (B and MG) and a baby boy (M)- so you can’t scare me!) and wife to D, whom I have been happy to share more than half my life with. We live in the heartbeat of Metry with our two white pooches. I have been blessed with my business and it has become my full time job although I don’t feel like I work a day in my life. I love what I do. I have always had that dream of being able to make a living with art and now I am living the dream. I know how lucky I am and count my blessings.
I create etched glass items, photo jewelry, (a fancy-ish term for making jewelry using pictures), and unique jewelry pieces that tickle my fancy. My work is a lot like me, quirky and unique. I am an artist that works by hand, so that means that I don’t use any machines or stencils when I etch and sometimes things are a little off kilter. I etch every single piece every single time with a knife and acid. It does take a little bit of time and a whole lot of practice, but that’s why I do it. It allows me to create complex designs. If I can dream it and my knife can cut it, I can do it.
MetryChick started back in 2007 as Hvnly Designs doing art markets and craft fairs. Every year they amped up more and more and over the last few years I have averaged about 75 shows each year. In 2012 I made a very smart decision and started partnering up with Brandee Barrett, the funny and talented lady behind Barrett House of New Orleans. We started working our craft shows and art markets together (then I got pregnant and I was more of a fixture at the show then actually able to do a lot of the work). In March, 2013, we made a big decision and opened a cart at Lakeside Shopping Center in Metairie, along with Barrett House, which is located smack between Williams Sonoma and J. Crew. It has been great having a physical location where our customers can find us on a regular basis. This allows me to be creative and create new pieces constantly. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Whether it is through a wedding or birthday gift, or just a little something, I treasure the opportunity to create something special that speaks from and to your heart. From my heart to yours, welcome to MetryChick and let’s make some memories!