About H&L Ceramics

Nicole White, the face and hands behind h&l ceramics


Small batch, handmade ceramics produced in Athens, GA

Nicole White, the face and hands behind H&L Ceramics, found her way to clay during graduate school. She fell head over heels in love with the whole process. In 2019, she decided to pursue a career full time in ceramics. With a focus on colorways and textures evocative of nature, she pulls on her background in the sciences to create pieces that are a joy to hold and experience on a daily basis. 


As a scientist, there was always a dividing line between being an activist and being objective in your research. While I left the sciences after completing my master's degree, I carried what I'd learned with me, including my aversion to checking email (I'm so sorry y'all) and riding that line between being objective and allowing my own views to become a part of my work. Like so many, I have behaviors to unlearn. With that in mind, I feel that using my own art to leverage the work of others, to raise funds for individuals and organizations, and share resources are incredibly important to me. It would be a waste to ignore the opportunity to give back. You will see more of this with each update and giveaway. 

Women's rights are human rights. My body. My choice. 
Science and activism go hand in hand. Black Lives Matter. LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights. America is built on stolen land. Healthcare is a right. 

That list is by no means comprehensive but encompasses all my thoughts or feelings and I'm sure it will grow as H&L Ceramics and I grow up together. 

Thank you all for your continued support. Stay safe. 

What's in a name?

H&L Ceramics originates oddly enough from the names of my two cats, Hemingway and Aldo Leopold (Leo for short). I was uncomfortable using my own name as part of my business and was looking for another name that held similar value to me. My dad jokingly suggested I name it for my cats. I laughed at first, but the unconditional love and comfort I receive from my pets got me through some of the hardest years of discovering who I was and what I wanted to be. I couldn’t imagine not having them around. I hope that value is conveyed in the pots I create. Every item is handmade and created with care. By passing that onto others, my wish is that they gain the same joy that I do from my work and my pets.” – Nicole White, h&l ceramics