Betty Lou Nichols specialized in head vases, which became so popular that she and her husband set up a factory and showroom in La Habra that featured just her work. Her vases were unique in that she used cooking utensils and equipment (e.g., cookie cutters, pasta cutters, pasta makers, rolling pins, etc.) to make her pottery. Her work is featured in Maddy Gordon’s Head Vases Etc.: The Artistry of Betty Lou Nichols published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd., and her pottery may be purchased on the Internet through such websites as Ebay and Etsy. In her final years, Nichols turned to painting. Her portrait of President William T. Boyce is housed in the Fullerton College Library Archives.