Made OF the Adirondacks
Shopping local helps keep our communities unique and keeps our small business owners prosperous. In the Adirondacks there are a lot of small, family-owned businesses, many of these offering one-of-a-kind goods and services made right here in the Adirondacks. Nature's Marvels has found a way to be not only made in the Adirondacks, but made of the Adirondacks.
Nature's Marvels is an art company owned by 26-year-old Robin Marvel Hausle. Robin grew up on Higgin's Bay in Piseco, NY and relocated to Lake Pleasant as a teenager. As a true native, Robin attended Piseco Central School for Elementary School, Lake Pleasant Central School for Middle School and Junior High, and Wells Central School for High School where she graduated in 2007. She currently lives and works in Lake Pleasant where her studio is located. She attended RIT where she earned her bachelor's degree in Industrial Design. Recently, she has returned to school to earn her master's in elementary education, to pursue her dream of being an elementary art teacher. Her hope is to instill her love of art into children of all ages.
Nature's Marvels was founded by Robin 3 years ago. She draws not only her inspiration, but her resources from her home here in the Adirondacks. Specializing in jewelry, she uses antlers, porcupine quills, stones, feathers, sticks, handmade ceramic beads and more in her work. All of her work is completely one-of-a-kind.
As well as jewelry, Robin enjoys doing portraits in charcoal. Some of her most popular portraits are of customer's pets. She also makes hand-tied hemp collars and leashes, usually adorned with custom handmade beads.
Her current studio, located in Lake Pleasant, is a very small work space that she uses every inch of. She has her own kiln and pottery wheel for her ceramic projects. She has a rock tumbler that she uses for her jewelry, which can take up to 4 weeks with 4 different grits of sandpaper to get the rocks smooth enough to paint. She also has an arsenal of tools such as saws, sanders, screw drivers, pliers, and hammers to help her in creating her work. She enjoys working with all medias and loves to experiment with new techniques.
Currently, her work is showcased at the Speculator Department Store in Speculator, NY. She is also more than happy to take custom orders by phone or find her on Facebook.
The Future of Nature's Marvels
Robin is planning on moving back to Piseco in the very near future, back to where she feels her heart belongs. In doing this, she plans to expand her business and work space. Currently she works on her art in her spare time when she has custom orders or needs to replenish her stock at the Speculator Department Store, but once she relocates she is hoping to make art her life. She is also looking forward to continuing her Nature's Marvels summer camp that she started in 2015.
See for yourself
Come see for yourself the many unique family-owned shops here in the Adirondacks. Why not make a day or weekend of it? See the sights, visit the shops, stop for a bite to eat, maybe even stay for the night!
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