Internationally-known ceramicist Betty Lou Nichols was born Betty Lou Renken in 1922. She attended FJC from 1940 to 1942, where she was an art major and developed her talents as a ceramicist. In 1942, she married fellow FJC student John Nichols. When her husband joined the armed forces, Nichols began making pottery in her old childhood playhouse in the backyard of her parents’ home in La Habra (118 West Frances). Her one cubic foot gas kiln handled five pieces at a time. Her first figures—head vases featuring “the Gay ‘90s”—were first sold to the Bullock’s Wilshire department store in Los Angeles. Her artwork is still featured in museum shows.