My work is constructed from plexiglass and metal. Plexiglass is an acrylic resin plastic so it does scratch. When cleaning use a soft cloth with soap and water. The metal will patina as it ages. It can brighten with steel wool in a circular motion with gentle pressure.
My current work talks about the different functions jewelry performs in society. Objects of personal adornment have the ability to define a person's social status, question value and serve as a redeemable investment. I am seeking to create opulent jewelry that is reminiscent of royal jewelry but made out of quotidian materials instead of precious gems and metals. With the use of everyday materials, I am able to create jewelry that surpasses in size and extravagance the scope of the royal jewels I admire. Plexiglass, brass, wood, and polymer clay stand in for gemstones, gold, coral and pearls in my somewhat playful, asymmetrically designed pieces.
Nikki Couppee is originally from Pensacola Beach, Florida. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, receiving a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Jewelry/Metals in 2007. Shortly after graduation she began the Master of Fine Arts program in jewelry/metals at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio graduating in 2011. Her work has been featured in many publications including Vogue Brazil, Styleblazer, and Dailycandy and her enamel work featured in Lark Book's 500 Enameled Objects. She has taught enameling and metal techniques at Kent State University, Cleveland Institute of Art and workshops at the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California.