Niki was born in Burns Lake, BC. She graduated from the Studio Art program at Capilano University in 2004, then transferred to Emily Carr to complete her visual arts degree and graduated in 2006. This is where she met her best friend and ceramics partner in crime, Melissa Hume. They have shared several studios together, had many shows, and been active members of the Vancouver market scene. Niki works out of her home studio in the Strathcona neighborhood of Vancouver.