MY STORY

Hello! My name is Niikah, and I am the founder of Niik Creative Co. I fell in love with the arts from a young age and, well...haven't been able to look back. 

The dream of owning my own business built around the core values of authentic, natural, and creative living began to take shape during the summer of 2020. I had just graduated from the Ceramics program at the Northern Michigan University School of Art & Design, and was wondering how I was going to integrate all of my passions into a new way of life as I stepped into my path of adulthood. While I didn't have a clear idea of where I was going, I knew that being a creator was in my bones so I slowly started developing the mission behind Niik.

And then one Sunday morning, while buying a small kiln in a garage in the backstreets of Negaunee, I was offered the chance of a lifetime. The Studio Gallery, which I now call home, needed a new owner. Michele Dupras, the founder of internationally recognized brand Revisions Design Studio, was making moves to follow her dreams of remodeling and selling real estate. She wanted her business to go on to someone young and ambitious, and, well...how could I pass up the opportunity to do what I love for a living, all on the shores of Lake Superior?

I know that this is just the beginning, something that humbly started five years ago when I sat down at a pottery wheel and threw unkeepable pots for weeks. There's something about clay that intrigues me, the processes, the colors and textures and possibilities. I love making things that bring joy to people's lives.

Thank you for sharing an interest in my work and watching this journey unfold. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out!

MISSION

Our perspective and outlook on life starts with the world around us, so why not be surrounded by beautiful and conscious things? The mission behind Niik Creative Co. is to bring quality and authenticity into the world, one piece at a time.

 

Starting from the finest materials, each piece of work is lovingly handmade with the intention to bring the purity of conscious living into life. I believe in celebrating the little things in life, like drinking a cup of tea or admiring a plant friend, and strive to provide pieces that bring a little sliver of joy to your day.

ABOUT the TEAM

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Hannah Marose

Studio Assistant

 I am Hannah and I am thrilled to be here. Making things with my hands is where I am the happiest. The textures and sensations of clay and slip is very grounding and sensual; it pulls me out of my head and into my body. I love the possibilities of art, the transference of soul into a piece that you can sense, a physical token of ‘the moment’ locked in time.

I grew up  in the city of St. Paul, my introvert self always grateful for the summer adventures going camping or heading up to the cabin with my family. I moved to La Crosse, WI for school and stayed amongst the Mississippi River bluffs until I got the itch for a new adventure and Marquette has been my home ever since. I love being a part of this community.

Outside of work I can be found on the couch under a pile of animals, on a hike with the dog, or singing songs while working on the seemingly endless pile of dishes. I love taking photos, listening to podcasts, and learning about plants. If you have any paranormal or ghost experiences I absolutely want to hear about them.

Maddie Pederson

Studio Assistant & Photographer

My name is Maddie and I love being a part of this amazing group of artistic women! Each day spent in the studio is a day well spent and I couldn't be more excited for its future. I am a maker through and through but my experience with clay was at a minimum before working at Niik and now I feel so warmly connected to this beautiful craft. I am also the resident photographer of this lovely space! The physicality of clay work has opened a door to a new dimension of my creativity and I couldn't be more grateful to be here. 

I was born and raised in Marquette, Michigan. Each day I am inspired by my surroundings here in the UP. The seasons pass in ever-fleeting beauty and the ebb and flow of life is at center stage. I feel most at home in our luscious forests or near the rumbling waves of Lake Superior. In May of 2020 I received my Bachelor of Fine Art from Northern Michigan University. With a focus in Photography, I stretch the boundaries of photographic art - often mixing mediums and utilizing manipulation techniques to reach into the physical spaces within photography. 

When I’m not at the studio or behind a camera I am found dancing to my favorite music or studying my tarot deck. I am a houseplant mama and I love wild foraging. I have a nomadic heart and someday I hope to travel and make artwork that is inspired by the places and people I meet. But until then, I can't wait to spend hours in the studio creating beautiful porcelain artwork for you all!

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India Gorman

Apprentice

My name is India Gorman. I’m originally from Grand Rapids, MI. I moved up to Marquette for school back in 2018. I was mostly attracted to the location, having Lake Superior and an abundance of nature in my own backyard is definitely important to me. The art program at NMU came as a bit of a happy suprise to me, especially ceramics! I grew up in an artistic environment with both my parents being artists and designers, thus creativity has become second nature to me. I feel incredibly lucky to be working with Niik Creative Co. during my time off of school, not only to further my education and practice with this medium, but to have a sense of community especially when it can be focused around making art!