Hi, thanks for visiting the Nippers Studio Website.
I have created and sold clay ornaments, figurines and jewelry for nearly 30 years. I have a diverse educational background that includes commercial art studies at Ferris State University and many other classes specializing in illustrating, clay sculpture and watercolors from the Kalamazoo (MI) Institute of Art, Ella Sharp Museum (Jackson, MI) and Dickinson State University (ND). My entrepreneurial abilities started to show in high school when I operated a lunch room business that sold handmade leather items. That success led to a college enterprise in which I used my skills to create watercolor paintings, plus pen and ink drawings, that were sold to several gift stores in Michigan and Illinois.
I perfected the "Nippers" style by creating clay sculptures, jewelry and garden statues that I sold at art and craft fairs across the Midwest for many years.
I have operated several gift stores over the last few decades and enjoy working from our current store at 119 W. Michigan Ave. in Marshall (MI). My husband and I still travel and participate in art shows all over the country as well.
I always have enjoyed making people smile and laugh when they take a close look at my Nippers characters. I hope you enjoy them as well.