Nikki has always had a strong interest in jewelry and body adornment from a young age. As a child she would create jewelry using a variety of materials and found objects. She found inspiration while exploring her grandmother’s jewelry collection, from the different styles, materials, patterns, and shapes of every unique piece.
While studying Interior Design in college, she took a metalsmithing class and fell in love. She switched her area of focus and in 2006 received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
I was originally drawn to metalsmithing because of its ancient roots. The tools and processes have been used for centuries, and my inspiration comes from these methods. I love how metal can be transformed and shaped. If you change your mind or make a mistake, nothing is permanent and your ideas can be re-created and the metal can be recycled. I also enjoy working with metal because it is a material that is timeless, and pieces can be passed down for generations.
My inspiration comes from a variety of places. From the materials I use and their properties, to design elements, processes, patterns, systems, connections, and repetition.
In addition to being a studio jeweler, Nikki has taught at numerous non-profit art organizations and has also worked under a variety of jewelers and metalsmiths. She currently lives and works in sunny Denver, Colorado.